barricade

[ bar-i-keyd, bar-i-keyd ]
/ ˈbær ɪˌkeɪd, ˌbær ɪˈkeɪd /

noun

a defensive barrier hastily constructed, as in a street, to stop an enemy.
any barrier that obstructs passage.

verb (used with object), bar·ri·cad·ed, bar·ri·cad·ing.

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

1585–95; < French, equivalent to barrique barrel (< Gascon) + -ade -ade1; early barricades in Paris were often composed of barrels

Related forms

bar·ri·cad·er, nounun·bar·ri·cade, verb (used with object), un·bar·ri·cad·ed, un·bar·ri·cad·ing.

Synonym study

1. See bar1.
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British Dictionary definitions for barricade

barricade

/ (ˌbærɪˈkeɪd, ˈbærɪˌkeɪd) /

noun

a barrier for defence, esp one erected hastily, as during street fighting

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

barricader, noun

Word Origin for barricade

C17: from Old French, from barriquer to barricade, from barrique a barrel, from Spanish barrica, from barril barrel
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