verb (used with object)
- to guard, as with pickets.
- to post as a picket.
verb (used without object)
Origin of picket
Related Words for picketdemonstrator, sentry, blockade, demonstrate, boycott, stanchion, pillar, stake, rail, palisade, upright, peg, pale, panel, paling, protester, striker, lookout, patrol, watch
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Contemporary Examples of picket
Strandf could photograph anything from a blind woman to a picket fence and make the image indelible.The Best Gift Books of 2014
December 12, 2014
A bar chart showing quarterly GDP growth resembles the teeth of a saw, not a picket fence.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year
May 29, 2014
Yet the teachers are angrily rejecting it and taking to the picket line.Chicago Teachers Take to the Picket Line
September 10, 2012
From there, groups of one or two hundred went to picket locations, including Bank of America.Did May Day Save Occupy Wall Street?
May 2, 2012
Truitt came late to abstraction, by way of pictures of picket fences.The Maximal Minimalist
March 29, 2012
Historical Examples of picket
He did not care, now, if he were halted by a British picket or sentinel.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
That shall go with my soldier to battle, and stand with my picket on guard.The Universal Reciter
The Captain had moored Daniel to a picket in the fence over by the freight-house.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
If we take it in succession to do picket and outlook duty, the enemy will be less able to harry us.Anabasis
Some time about the middle of June, the picket line was taken up.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Word Origin for picket
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.