Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

picket

play
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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of picket

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


First Known Use: circa 1702


2

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

picketer

noun

Examples of picket in a sentence

  1. Workers picketed outside the grocery store.

  2. The union is picketing the factory.



1745

First Known Use of picket

1745

Rhymes with picket



PICKET Defined for Kids

1

picket

play
noun pick·et \ˈpi-kət\

Definition of picket for Students

  1. 1 :  a pointed stake or slender post (as for making a fence)

  2. 2 :  a soldier or a group of soldiers assigned to stand guard

  3. 3 :  a person standing or marching near a place (as a factory or store) as part of a strike or protest




2

picket

play
verb pick·et

Definition of picket for Students

picketed

picketing

  1. :  to stand or march near a place as part of a strike or protest




Law Dictionary

1

picket

noun pick·et

Legal Definition of picket

  1. :  a person posted by a labor organization at a place of employment affected by a labor dispute; broadly :  a person posted for a demonstration or protest




2

picket

transitive verb pick·et

Legal Definition of picket

  1. :  to post pickets in front of :  walk or stand in front of as a picket <their tactics have included picketing clinics — L. H. Tribe>

  2. intransitive verb
  3. :  to demonstrate by use of pickets <a currently certified union may picket for recognition>; also :  to serve as a picket — see also informational picketing, organizational picketing, secondary picketing — compare strike

picketer

noun


Additional Notes on picket

While the right to peacefully picket for a lawful purpose is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, case law has recognized some limitations and the Labor Management Relations Act has placed some restrictions on organizational and secondary picketing.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up picket? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a representation of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

philistine frenetic melancholy lazy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ