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picket

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noun pick·et \ˈpi-kət\

Simple Definition of picket

  • : a stick or post that is pointed at the end so that it can be put into the ground

  • : a person or group of people who are standing or marching near a place to protest something

  • : a protest or strike involving pickets

Full Definition of picket

  1. 1 :  a pointed or sharpened stake, post, or pale

  2. 2 a :  a detached body of soldiers serving to guard an army from surprise b :  a detachment kept ready in camp for such duty c :  sentry

  3. 3 :  a person posted by a labor organization at a place of work affected by a strike; also :  a person posted for a demonstration or protest

Examples of picket

  1. a house surrounded by a white picket fence

  2. Pickets marched in front of the company headquarters.

  3. The strikers held picket signs painted with angry slogans.

  4. The students were barred from holding a picket outside the company's headquarters.



Origin of picket

French piquet, from Middle French, from piquer to prick — more at pike


First Known Use: circa 1702

Rhymes with picket


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picket

verb pick·et

Simple Definition of picket

  • : to stand or march in a public place in order to protest something or to prevent other workers from going to work during a strike

  • : to guard (something, such as a road or camp) with a group of soldiers

Full Definition of picket

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enclose, fence, or fortify with pickets

  3. 2 a :  to guard with a picket b :  to post as a picket

  4. 3 :  tether

  5. 4 a :  to post pickets at b :  to walk or stand in front of as a picket

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to serve as a picket

pick·et·er noun

Examples of picket

  1. Workers picketed outside the grocery store.

  2. The union is picketing the factory.



1745

First Known Use of picket

1745




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