Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[pal-uh-seyd] /ˌpæl əˈseɪd/
a fence of pales or stakes set firmly in the ground, as for enclosure or defense.
any of a number of pales or stakes pointed at the top and set firmly in the ground in a close row with others to form a defense.
palisades, a line of cliffs.
verb (used with object), palisaded, palisading.
to furnish or fortify with a palisade.
Origin of palisade
1590-1600; < French palissade < Old Provençal palissada, equivalent to paliss(a) paling (derivative of pal stake, pale2) + -ada -ade1
Related forms
unpalisaded, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for palisade
Historical Examples
  • At nightfall a sharp lookout was kept, not only on the palisade but from the top of the rajah's house.

  • A palisade in fortification; but for its naval application, see Reeming.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • We went to the rampart—a small height formed by nature and fortified by a palisade.

    Marie Alexander Pushkin
  • Against such an invasion the palisade was but an insufficient barrier.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • She was surprised to find the gate of the palisade open and still more astonished to see a tall figure in the kitchen.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
  • Is any one protecting the palisade between the two points attacked?

    Mass' George George Manville Fenn
  • Early in August, 1346, there had been erected along the shore by the Castello dell' Ovo a palisade encircling a raised platform.

  • They shoot between the logs of the palisade down the narrow lane.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Accordingly a young and promising officer was thrust up to the top of the palisade.

    The Cavaliers of Virginia William A. Caruthers
  • There is a gateway through this palisade where you can go in.

    Rollo in Paris Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for palisade


a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground, esp for defence
one of the stakes used in such a fence
(botany) a layer of elongated mesophyll cells containing many chloroplasts, situated below the outer epidermis of a leaf blade
(transitive) to enclose with a palisade
Word Origin
C17: via French, from Old Provençal palissada, ultimately from Latin pālus stake; see pale², pole1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for palisade

"a fence of stakes," c.1600, from Middle French palissade (15c.), from Provençal palissada, from palissa "a stake or paling," from Gallo-Romance *palicea, from Latin palus "stake" (see pale (n.)). Military sense is attested from 1690s. The Palisades, along the Hudson River opposite New York City, so called by 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for palisade

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for palisade

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for palisade