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picket

noun pick·et \ ˈpi-kət \

Definition of picket

1 :a pointed or sharpened stake, post, or pale
2 a :a detached body of soldiers serving to guard an army from surprise
b :a detachment kept ready in camp for such duty
c :sentry
3 :a person posted by a labor organization at a place of work affected by a strike; also :a person posted for a demonstration or protest

Examples of picket in a Sentence

  1. a house surrounded by a white picket fence

  2. Pickets marched in front of the company headquarters.

  3. The strikers held picket signs painted with angry slogans.

  4. The students were barred from holding a picket outside the company's headquarters.

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Origin and Etymology of picket

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


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picket

verb

Definition of picket

transitive verb
1 :to enclose, fence, or fortify with pickets
2 a :to guard with a picket
b :to post as a picket
3 :tether
4 a :to post pickets at
b :to walk or stand in front of as a picket
intransitive verb
:to serve as a picket

picketer

noun

Examples of picket in a Sentence

  1. Workers picketed outside the grocery store.

  2. The union is picketing the factory.

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First Known Use of picket

1729



PICKET Defined for English Language Learners

picket

noun

Definition of picket for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of picket for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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picket

noun pick·et \ ˈpi-kət \

Definition of picket for Students

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

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picket

verb

Definition of picket for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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picket

noun pick·et

legal Definition of picket

: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

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picket

transitive verb

legal Definition of picket

: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.

picketer

noun


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