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

  • That relation of his, Si-Lapa by name, was then with Doramin in the stockade only a few feet away.

    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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