[ pik-it ]
/ ˈpɪk ɪt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to stand or march as a picket.

Nearby words

  1. pickerel frog,
  2. pickerelweed,
  3. pickering,
  4. pickering, edward charles,
  5. pickeringite,
  6. picket boat,
  7. picket fence,
  8. picket line,
  9. picketing,
  10. pickett

Origin of picket

From the French word piquet, dating back to 1680–90. See pike2, -et

Related formspick·et·er, nouncoun·ter·pick·et, noun, verbun·pick·et·ed, adjective

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Examples from the Web for picket

British Dictionary definitions for picket


/ (ˈpɪkɪt) /


a pointed stake, post, or peg that is driven into the ground to support a fence, provide a marker for surveying, etc
an individual or group that stands outside an establishment to make a protest, to dissuade or prevent employees or clients from entering, etc
Also: picquet a small detachment of troops or warships positioned towards the enemy to give early warning of attack


Derived Formspicketer, noun

Word Origin for picket

C18: from French piquet, from Old French piquer to prick; see pike ²

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Word Origin and History for picket
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