picket

noun
pick·et | \ ˈpi-kət \

Definition of picket 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : a detached body of soldiers serving to guard an army from surprise

b : a detachment kept ready in camp for such duty

c : sentry

3a : a person posted by a labor organization at a place of work affected by a strike … dispossessed theatergoers shared the sidewalks with grim pickets yesterday as the stagehands' strike shut down most of Broadway's plays and musicals. —Robert D. McFadden also : a person posted for a demonstration or protest In front of the White House pickets are marching… —Lady Bird Johnson

b : a protest or strike involving pickets In such situations, the union often pickets the plant as well, but it is strictly an informational picket publicizing the nature of the controversy… —Matthew A. Kelly

picket

verb
picketed; picketing; pickets

Definition of picket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose, fence, or fortify with pickets

2a : to guard with a picket

b : to post as a picket

3 : tether

4a : to post pickets at

b : to walk or stand in front of as a picket

intransitive verb

: to serve as a picket

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Other words from picket

Verb

picketer noun

Examples of picket in a Sentence

Noun

a house surrounded by a white picket fence Pickets marched in front of the company headquarters. The strikers held picket signs painted with angry slogans. The students were barred from holding a picket outside the company's headquarters.

Verb

Workers picketed outside the grocery store. The union is picketing the factory.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The two-story home is fronted by a grassy yard lined with a white-picket fence. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Writer-producer Rodney Rothman passes the keys to his Venice cottage," 21 Apr. 2018 Green lawns, white-picket fences, the PTA -- the whole nine yards. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Mom and Dad' movie review: Nicholas Cage has gone insane," 17 Jan. 2018 In 2016, Judge Kavanaugh ruled that employers can require employees to waive their right to picket. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 On the first weekend of June, 40 children lined up on the front steps of the New York offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holding picket signs in their small hands. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I am a child’: How an artist turned civil rights imagery into a message of protest for immigrant kids," 1 July 2018 To you, a white picket fence is like a little black dress: Always in style. Brie Dyas, House Beautiful, "12 Signs You Live in an All-American Home," 10 June 2015 From there unfurls the classic narrative of the big-time picket-line-crossing sellout, struggling with his own role as a collaborator with evil rich guys as his old comrades soldier on. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 The protest will culminate in a large picket and rally in front of the Sheraton Boston. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Thousands of Marriott employees to protest across the USA on Wednesday," 26 June 2018 The ranch-style house, built in 1948 and tucked behind a white picket fence, has such traditional details as box and picture windows, a gradually sloping gabled roof and a brick walkway to the covered front porch. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "New York Giants chairman Steve Tisch lands a new home field in Trousdale," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For now, Wilson said the union doesn't plan to picket on Turner job sites as long as the company negotiates in good faith. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Carpenters vote to keep their union amid strike, dispute with big KC area contractor," 29 May 2018 Demonstrators have picketed outside gun shows across the country in recent months, including the Cow Palace show in April. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Promoter of Del Mar gun show says operation is legal," 24 May 2018 Thousands of Marriott International employees plan to picket in front of several hotels in eight different cities across the USA on Wednesday as contract negotiations get underway. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Thousands of Marriott employees to protest across the USA on Wednesday," 26 June 2018 Jeff Suchman, a member of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1748, picketed with the nurses. Max Londberg, kansascity, "More than 100 picket with Research Medical nurses, who seek better wages, retention," 22 June 2018 Area residents weren't amused, picketing the unveiling and enlisting a plane to fly over the site with a message for the studio. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "When Paramount's 75-Foot Hollywood Sign Stunt Pushed Locals Too Far," 5 July 2018 Women and children picketed the school board over its lack of support. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Can a new basketball court save a struggling Philly neighborhood?," 27 June 2018 At least two dozen nurses and union organizers picketed outside a Walgreens in the Loop Tuesday afternoon to protest Advocate Medical Group’s firing of a nurse practitioner who worked in the Advocate clinic at an Oak Lawn Walgreens. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Demonstrators demand reinstatement of Oak Lawn nurse dismissed by Advocate," 19 June 2018 In this photo from 1970, Gov. Lester Maddox and supporters picket the newspapers’ front entrance. Pete Corson, ajc, "Photos: Former Atlanta Constitution and Journal buildings," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of picket

Noun

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1729, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for picket

Noun

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

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Phrases Related to picket

cross the picket line

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The first known use of picket was in 1687

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More Definitions for picket

picket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of picket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

picket

verb

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

: 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

picket

noun
pick·et | \ ˈpi-kət \

Kids Definition of picket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

picket

verb
picketed; picketing

Kids Definition of picket (Entry 2 of 2)

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

picket

noun
pick·et

Legal Definition of picket 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Legal Definition of picket (Entry 2 of 2)

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

intransitive verb

: 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

Note: 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.

Other words from picket

picketer noun

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