barricade

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

Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for barricade

Synonyms: Verb

bar, block (off), blockade, close (off), guard, wall (off)

Synonyms: Noun

barrier, fence, hedge, wall

Antonyms: Verb

open, unbar

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of barricade in a Sentence

Verb

The police barricaded the crime scene. the city barricaded the flooded streets

Noun

The enemy broke through the barricade. Police erected barricades to keep the crowds from approaching the crime scene.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her mother, Denise, barricaded herself with Jayme in the bathroom and called 911. CBS News, "Jayme Closs: Hometown Hero," 8 June 2019 The suspect then barricaded himself inside the home, prompting San Gabriel police to call for assistance from the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, which took command over the scene. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "3 men die in shootings involving L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in a single day," 7 June 2019 Students across the country are taught what to do in case of an active shooter situation: avoid, barricade and hide and, as a last resort, confront the shooter. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Schools Question Whether They Should Keep Teaching Students to Confront Shooters," 12 May 2019 The man barricaded himself inside the mobile home on Baltimore Mine Road after Sheriff’s Office personnel tired to serve him with a search warrant. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Man barricades himself in his Foresthill mobile home, sets fire to residence," 20 Mar. 2018 The rebels barricaded themselves in the Alexandra Nevsky Barracks and shot at loyal Russian troops sent to dislodge them. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 That network also reports that the shootout continued for several hours, during which the suspect barricaded himself in the residence. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Former NBA Player Tyler Honeycutt Found Dead After Shootout with Police: Reports," 7 July 2018 As the trooper went to speak with the driver, the man pulled out a handgun and barricaded himself in the vehicle, DPS said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "U.S. 60 east of Phoenix reopens after 4-hour standoff," 13 June 2018 Honeycutt, 27, shot at officers last Friday before barricading himself in his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home for nine hours. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Death of former NBA, UCLA player Tyler Honeycutt being investigated as potential suicide," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The road outside of Downing Street was sealed off with steel barricades, and there was a heavy police presence. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Baby Trump and the Trump robot headline London protests against U.S. president’s visit," 5 June 2019 The road outside 10 Downing Street was sealed off with steel barricades, and there was a heavy police presence. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Protesters take to London streets to oppose Trump," 4 June 2019 While some photos captures well-wishers and interested onlookers clustered around the path of the president’s motorcade, pictures and video reports from his visit also show a number of empty streets scattered with barricades. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "Photos: These are the London protests Trump called “fake news”," 4 June 2019 The government’s first reaction to the occupation had been to demand that the Native activists leave Alcatraz, but a barricade put in place proved to be ineffective. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "How Alcatraz Island Was Reclaimed by Native Peoples," 7 Mar. 2019 Upon arrival, the cast graciously worked the red carpet to the joy of fans crowded against street barricades. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All the Stars Turned Out for the World Premiere of Ocean’s 8," 6 June 2018 At times, government forces intent on clearing street barricades fired on demonstrators, mainly in the El Alto municipality adjacent to La Paz, leading to deaths. Curt Anderson, Fox News, "Ex-Bolivian president loses civil suit involving 2003 unrest," 4 Apr. 2018 Heavy security was in force Friday night at the Presidential Secretariat, with yellow barricades blocking the entrance and armed police and army forces stationed out front. Uditha Jayasinghe, WSJ, "Sri Lankan President Ousts Prime Minister in Constitutional Showdown," 26 Oct. 2018 Listen to local authorities, and never drive around barricades or through floodwaters. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'barricade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of barricade

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for barricade

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about barricade

Statistics for barricade

Last Updated

14 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for barricade

The first known use of barricade was in 1592

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for barricade

barricade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to block (something) so that people or things cannot enter or leave

barricade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

: a temporary wall, fence, or similar structure that is built to prevent people from entering a place or area

barricade

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

Kids Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to block off with a temporary barrier

barricade

noun

Kids Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

: a temporary barrier for protection against attack or for blocking the way

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on barricade

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

WORD OF THE DAY

having a desire to acquire more things

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!