Fortification. a defensive barrier consisting of strong posts or timbers fixed upright in the ground.
an enclosure or pen made with posts and stakes.
U.S. Military. a prison for military personnel.

verb (used with object), stock·ad·ed, stock·ad·ing.

to protect, fortify, or encompass with a stockade.

Origin of stockade

1605–15; < Middle French estocade, variant of estacade < Spanish estacada. See stake1, -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stockade

Historical Examples of stockade

  • We then made a lodgment on the side of the mount near the stockade.

  • He said the men were rebuilding the stockade and getting in the harvest.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • They saw that the brush had been cut from the ground outside the stockade, as if for battle.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • With this they were to surmount the stockade and gain the open.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Over the stockade and the Rajah's buildings Brown saw their lights on the water.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for stockade



an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
US a military prison or detention area


(tr) to surround with a stockade

Word Origin for stockade

C17: from Spanish estacada, from estaca a stake, post, of Germanic origin; see stake 1
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Word Origin and History for stockade

1610s, "a barrier of stakes," from Spanish estacada, from estaca "stake," from a Germanic source (cf. Old English staca, see stake (n.1)). Meaning "prison, especially on a military post" first recorded 1865.

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