noun pick·et \ˈpi-kət\

: 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

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



: 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

transitive verb
:  to enclose, fence, or fortify with pickets
a :  to guard with a picket
b :  to post as a picket
:  tether
a :  to post pickets at
b :  to walk or stand in front of as a picket
intransitive verb
:  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.

First Known Use of PICKET


Rhymes with PICKET


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