• synonyms

picket fence

  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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for picket fence

Historical Examples

  • The charm was gone which had drawn me daily through the hole in our picket-fence.

    Miss Primrose

    Roy Rolfe Gilson

  • "That's a good way for a Picket-fence to go," said the Wheelbarrow.

  • They were standing by a picket-fence, and he leaned against it, overcome by mirth in which she did not join.

    The Two Vanrevels

    Booth Tarkington

  • "Rest of 'em inside, dancin'," explained Mr. Peck, crouching behind the picket-fence.

  • A moment later, with contemptuous satisfaction, he saw Burlingame climb the picket-fence at the side of the house.

British Dictionary definitions for picket fence

picket fence

  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