picket fence


noun

a fence consisting of pickets or pales nailed to horizontal stringers between upright posts.

Nearby words

  1. pickering,
  2. pickering, edward charles,
  3. pickeringite,
  4. picket,
  5. picket boat,
  6. picket line,
  7. picketing,
  8. pickett,
  9. pickett, george edward,
  10. pickford

Origin of picket fence

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800

Also called paling, paling fence.

paling

[pey-ling]

noun

Also called paling fence. picket fence.
a pale or picket for a fence.
pales collectively.
the act of building a fence with pales.

Origin of paling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pale2, -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for paling-fence

paling

noun

a fence made of pales
pales collectively
a single pale
the act of erecting pales

picket fence

noun

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
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