Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

picket fence

See more synonyms for picket fence on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.
Show More

Origin of picket fence

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
Also called paling, paling fence.

paling

[pey-ling]
noun
  1. Also called paling fence. picket fence.
  2. a pale or picket for a fence.
  3. pales collectively.
  4. the act of building a fence with pales.
Show More

Origin of paling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pale2, -ing1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for paling-fence

paling

noun
  1. a fence made of pales
  2. pales collectively
  3. a single pale
  4. the act of erecting pales
Show More

picket fence

noun
  1. a fence consisting of pickets supported at close regular intervals by being driven into the ground, by interlacing with strong wire, or by nailing to horizontal timbers fixed to posts in the ground
Show More
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