picket

[ pik-it ]
/ ˈpɪk ɪt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to stand or march as a picket.

Origin of picket

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

Related forms

pick·et·er, nouncoun·ter·pick·et, noun, verbun·pick·et·ed, adjective
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picket

/ (ˈpɪkɪt) /

noun

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

verb

Derived Forms

picketer, noun

Word Origin for picket

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