barricade

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verb

bar·​ri·​cade ˈber-ə-ˌkād How to pronounce barricade (audio)
ˈba-rə-;
ˌber-ə-ˈkād,
ˌba-rə-
barricaded; barricading

transitive verb

1
: to block off or stop up with a barricade
barricade a street
2
: to prevent access to by means of a barricade

barricade

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noun

1
a
: an obstruction or rampart thrown up across a way or passage to check the advance of the enemy
2
3
barricades plural : a field of combat or dispute

Example Sentences

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
Verb
School librarian Mary Ann Jacob helped barricade more than a dozen children in a closet behind bookshelves at Sandy Hook Elementary School as gunshots rang out. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 And across the street, the staff at the local mini mart on Sollers Point Road have sandbags at the ready to barricade the glass doors and close up shop. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 15 Sep. 2022 At the start of the finale, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) — a couple who can never catch a break — barricade themselves inside their home while facing off against Richard Brown (Chris Larkin) and his militia. Sharareh Drury, Variety, 1 May 2022 The person who's able to barricade all the doors in the shortest amount of time becomes the new HOH. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, 12 Sep. 2022 Safety features, such as doors that are impossible to barricade, cut down the risk of injuries. Julie Washington, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2022 Some dove under desks while others tried to barricade doors, according to a report from NBC Bay Area. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2022 One officer returned fire, leading Hunter to retreat into the house and barricade himself inside. Henri Hollis, ajc, 18 Aug. 2022 Staffers used tables to barricade themselves inside the office, and Greenberg said after the February incident that one bullet had grazed his sweater. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 20 June 2022
Noun
As the crowd ballooned in size, a large throng of people bottlenecked at the GA entrance, with many of them unable to get inside and with some members of this crowd then jumping over the barricade to gain entrance. Katie Bain, Billboard, 25 Sep. 2022 On Sunday, a man rammed his car through a barricade at the Capitol building before shooting himself as officers approached – the latest in a series of attacks on federal offices since the Capitol riot last year, the New York Times reported. Brian Bushard, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Goldsmith came down to the barricade after the set to chat with and sign autographs for fans, most of whom leaned in close to tell him of Sunny Day’s impact on their lives. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 29 Sep. 2022 Undeterred, McGraw quickly recovered, getting to his feet and taking the opportunity to greet fans who were standing on the other side of the barricade, reaching over the barrier to shake hands and speak to concertgoers. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2022 The effort comes after a federal judge last year ordered Apple to dismantle a lucrative part of the competitive barricade guarding its app store. Mike Householder, ajc, 30 June 2022 Officers are posted throughout important areas of the building while police attempt to get the suspect out of the barricade, according to Hamilton. Taylor Romine, CNN, 3 June 2022 That allowed people who wandered up to get a better spot compared to those packed in the back of the first barricade who’d been waiting longer. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 Both of the vehicles then rammed into a truck that was part of the barricade, thrusting the truck into the two officers and the three bridge employees. NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Noun

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

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barricade. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

barricade 1 of 2

verb

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

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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