[bar-i-keyd, bar-i-keyd]


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

Synonyms for barricade

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1. See bar1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barricade

Contemporary Examples of barricade

Historical Examples of barricade

  • The officers had come forward to the barricade and were consulting together.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • After a pause it became evident that the barricade was being destroyed.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • If you refuse to act with me, barricade the door between the bar and the north wing.

  • We are strong enough to beat them off if we barricade the house.

  • At first he could distinguish no one; he thought the barricade had been abandoned.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for barricade



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 Formsbarricader, 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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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.


1640s, from barricade (v.). Earlier was barricado (1580s) with false Spanish ending (see -ado).

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