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bar·​ri·​cade ˈber-ə-ˌkād How to pronounce barricade (audio)
barricaded; barricading

transitive verb

: to block off or stop up with a barricade
barricade a street
: to prevent access to by means of a barricade


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: an obstruction or rampart thrown up across a way or passage to check the advance of the enemy
barricades plural : a field of combat or dispute

Examples of barricade in a Sentence

Verb The police barricaded the crime scene. the city barricaded the flooded streets to through traffic Noun The enemy broke through the barricade. Police erected barricades to keep the crowds from approaching the crime scene.
Recent Examples on the Web
The famous and their fans huddled, barricaded in rooms and trying to comfort children separated from their parents. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 The farmers’ march has turned the city’s main points of entry into choke points, as the federal and local police go into overdrive: barricading highways by pouring concrete and stacking shipping containers to halt the advancing tractors. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The shooter barricaded himself inside his home in the southeast part of Washington and continued sporadically firing shots hours after opening fire, police said. CBS News, 14 Feb. 2024 When officers entered the home, Top went to the attic and barricaded herself, according to police. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Feb. 2024 Julia sat barricaded in her corner of the sofa, saying little. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 Questions around the apparent shooting of a child Earlier, a Delaware County law enforcement source had told CNN a person was barricaded in the house. John Miller, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 How your holiday diamond may be funding Russia’s war On that night in November, some of the customs workers were able to barricade themselves in an office and call the police. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024 Dramatic new cell phone video obtained by CBS News shows rioters who had breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, being scolded by a Republican congressman who was barricaded inside the House Chamber during the assault. Faris Tanyos, CBS News, 6 Jan. 2024
The city has installed barricades at the park’s entrances and will place signs along the perimeter to notify the community about the coyote activity, the release says. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Gabe Wallace, a sophomore at Shawnee Mission East, heard the gunshots and hopped a barricade, scraping his head on the concrete. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 15 Feb. 2024 On Tuesday, a car carrying three people rammed into a barricade of straw bales in the town of Pamiers, in the Ariege region of southwestern France. Sylvie Corbet, Fortune Europe, 24 Jan. 2024 Public works officials asked people to stop removing barricades and signs. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 24 Jan. 2024 Officers braced the barricade with their bodies as the crowd outside screamed at them through broken panes. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 The group on trial was accused of forcefully removing a police barricade as the mob converged on Capitol grounds. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 Federal officials have argued that Texas’s wire barricades have prevented border agents from patrolling the border and from providing medical care to migrants at risk of drowning, hypothermia or heat exposure. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 1 Feb. 2024 When officers formed a barricade with bike racks at the top of stairs on the building’s northeast corner, Wallis grabbed one end of a bike rack and lifted it off the ground, the affidavit said. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



borrowed from Middle French, noun derivative of barricade barricade entry 2


borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, from barrique "barrel," a typical component of barricades (borrowed from Gascon barriqua, probably going back to pre-Latin *barrīca) + -ade -ade

First Known Use


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of barricade was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Barricade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
bar·​ri·​cade ˈbar-ə-ˌkād How to pronounce barricade (audio)
barricaded; barricading
: to block off with a barricade


2 of 2 noun
: a barrier usually made in a hurry for protection against attack or for blocking the way

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