- a post, stake, pale, or peg that is used in a fence or barrier, to fasten down a tent, etc.
- a person stationed by a union or the like outside a factory, store, mine, etc., in order to dissuade or prevent workers or customers from entering it during a strike.
- a person engaged in any similar demonstration, as against a government's policies or actions, before an embassy, office building, construction project, etc.
- Military. a soldier or detachment of soldiers placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance.
- Navy, Air Force. an aircraft or ship performing similar sentinel duty.
- to enclose within a picket fence or stockade, as for protection, imprisonment, etc.: to picket a lawn; to picket captives.
- to fasten or tether to a picket.
- to place pickets in front of or around (a factory, store, mine, embassy, etc.), as during a strike or demonstration.
- to guard, as with pickets.
- to post as a picket.
- to stand or march as a picket.
Origin of picket
Examples from the Web for picketed
“The president should be picketed everywhere she goes,” Vinnichenko said.Homophobia in Russia Is Taking a Kafkaesque Turn
June 9, 2014
BGR was picketed by liberal groups furious over the state's gutting of collective bargaining for public employee unions.The Race for 2012's Billions
Peter H. Stone
March 17, 2011
Hungarian freedom fighters shouted insults as they picketed in front of Talent Associates headquarters at 444 Madison Avenue.Nikita Khrushchev, Talk Show Guest
November 20, 2010
Tiller, now in his late 60s, has been picketed, bombed, and shot.The Last Abortionist
March 25, 2009
She was walking toward the meadow where Don, the horse, was picketed.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
A man came to a window in a picketed wicket as he entered, and said briskly: “Well?”The Plunderer
Beyond them were picketed three horses, the nearest of which was Rocket.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
Jack ran down the incline to the little draw where the animals had been picketed.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
By this scheme a horse may be picketed out on the bare desert.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
- a pointed stake, post, or peg that is driven into the ground to support a fence, provide a marker for surveying, etc
- an individual or group that stands outside an establishment to make a protest, to dissuade or prevent employees or clients from entering, etc
- Also: picquet a small detachment of troops or warships positioned towards the enemy to give early warning of attack
- to post or serve as pickets at (a factory, embassy, etc)let's go and picket the shop
- to guard (a main body or place) by using or acting as a picket
- (tr) to fasten (a horse or other animal) to a picket
- (tr) to fence (an area, boundary, etc) with pickets
Word Origin and History for picketed
1680s, "pointed stake (for defense against cavalry, etc.)," from French piquet "pointed stake," from piquer "to pierce" (see pike (n.2)). Sense of "troops posted to watch for enemy" first recorded 1761; that of "striking workers stationed to prevent others from entering a factory" is from 1867. Picket line is 1856 in the military sense, 1945 of labor strikes.
1745, "to enclose with pickets," from picket (n.). The sense in labor strikes, protests, etc., is attested from 1867. Related: Picketed; picketing.