Barbican Centre (London England)

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Barbican. District in City of London where arts and conference centre is situated. Arts centre, opened in 1982 at a cost of £143 million, includes concert-hall, theatre and studios, lending and reference library, art gallery, sculpture court, and cinema. Guildhall School of Music and Drama housed on the site since 1977.

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Barbican the complex of high-rise buildings around the Barbican Centre in the City of London. A barbican is the outer defence of a city or castle, especially a double tower above a gate or drawbridge; it is recorded from the 17th century as being retained as the name of a street in London. Recorded from Middle English, the word probably comes ultimately from Arabic.

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barbican outer fortification. XIII. — (O)F. barbacane, medL. barbacana, of unkn. orig.

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