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

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania plans to hold informational pickets at the two facilities Friday. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Philadelphia-area nursing home staffers facing big financial hits from ownership changes," 21 June 2018 Fire had scorched his fence line, leveled the garage and picket fence, and blistered the brown paint from a corner of the house. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "What’s Left in Two Communities After Fires Killed 44," 12 Nov. 2018 The pickets have rallied throughout the University of California system. Molly Sullivan And Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Picket line grows to 1,400 at UC Davis hospital as two unions add support | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Photo: David Clifford for The Wall Street Journal Ann and Don Short own what from the street looks like a sweet, 720-square foot, 1886 cabin with a white picket fence. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 Below the turbine there’s an adorable rural setting complete with rolling green hills and a cottage featuring a satellite dish, picket fence, and working porch light. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New Lego kit builds a working 3-foot wind turbine," 28 Sep. 2018 In fact, all his Trump imagery is more devoted to tying Trump to traditional symbols of America: the flag, agricultural cultivation, the brave soldier, the white picket fence. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "To Trump fans, #MAGA is more than a slogan. It’s an aesthetic.," 8 Aug. 2018 At least 5,000 employees are expected to picket in front of the largest hotel company in the world, but no work stoppage is expected, with only workers who are scheduled to be off-duty on Wednesday participating. Editors, USA TODAY, "Immigration bill, Amazon discount, Strawberry full moon: 5 things you need to know Wednesday," 27 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roughly 1,400 workers picketed for a second day at the UC Davis hospital and campus on Tuesday, as two unions representing nurses and physical therapists, social workers and dietitians went on strike in sympathy with members of AFSCME 3299. Molly Sullivan And Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Picket line grows to 1,400 at UC Davis hospital as two unions add support | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Kara and Alice even picketed outside an Apple store in Denver. Ellen Seidman, Woman's Day, "Why One Mother Swears By This Life-Changing App for Her Daughter's Disability," 22 May 2017 Charter has hired non-Local 3 members to replace the strikers, who are still picketing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "New York’s Charter Mugging," 2 Aug. 2018 In April, four protestors involved in women’s organizations picketed outside a Nawrocki campaign event, holding signs that accused him of domestic violence, the East County Times reported. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Crowded field of Republicans taking aim at Democrat Bevins in Baltimore County Council race," 20 May 2018 The Irish Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, which picketed The Irish Times, receives foreign funding but claims to be exempt from government oversight. Ed O’loughlin, New York Times, "As Irish Abortion Vote Nears, Fears of Foreign Influence Rise," 26 Mar. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of picket was in 1687

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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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