- a defensive barrier hastily constructed, as in a street, to stop an enemy.
- any barrier that obstructs passage.
- to obstruct or block with a barricade: barricading the streets to prevent an attack.
- to shut in and defend with or as if with a barricade: The rebels had barricaded themselves in the old city.
Origin of barricade
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Examples from the Web for barricade
A white police officer standing amid the crowd inside the barricade got his laughs a moment later.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
(Rioters) were building a barricade across Winchester Street and looking for material.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
In front of the City Hall building hundreds of tires have been piled up to form a barricade that is manned by yet more masked men.Pro-Russian Protestors in Ukraine Dream of Soviet Glory Days
April 8, 2014
They made a barricade of metal junk and acted as human shields to stop the train proceeding.Soccer Hooligans Prep Ukraine for Putin
March 20, 2014
They pushed their way past the barricade and found Zimmerman, who appeared by that point to have shed his aggression.How George Zimmerman Ended Up Behind Bars Again
November 18, 2013
The officers had come forward to the barricade and were consulting together.
After a pause it became evident that the barricade was being destroyed.
If you refuse to act with me, barricade the door between the bar and the north wing.The Inn at the Red Oak
We are strong enough to beat them off if we barricade the house.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
At first he could distinguish no one; he thought the barricade had been abandoned.The Downfall
- a barrier for defence, esp one erected hastily, as during street fighting
- to erect a barricade across (an entrance, passageway, etc) or at points of access to (a room, district of a town, etc)they barricaded the door
- (usually passive) to obstruct; blockhis mind was barricaded against new ideas
Word Origin and History for barricade
1590s, from Middle French barricader "to barricade" (1550s), from barrique "barrel," from Spanish barrica "barrel," from baril (see barrel). Revolutionary associations began during 1588 Huguenot riots in Paris, when large barrels filled with earth and stones were set up in the streets. Related: Barricaded; barricading.