picket fence

plural picket fences

Definition of picket fence

: a fence made of pickets a white picket fence Old roses scrambling up a porch or spilling over a picket fence may be reminiscent of a bygone era.— Michael MacCaskey Tall pine trees lined both sides of the road, backdropped by an occasional stone wall or picket fence— Peter Gordon often used to evoke an idealized or stereotypical image or conception of happy suburban homes in the U.S.First we are lulled with a vision of homespun Americana: flowers, a picket fence, a fireman waving from his fire truck, a man watering his front lawn.— David Ansen"Everyone saw me on TV or read articles, and it was all about my great marriage, the white picket fence, all this success and my perfect life. But behind the scenes, it was a struggle," says [Lindsay] Vonn …— Elizabeth Leonard… grandparents who were hoping their grandchildren would be raised behind a white picket fence and full-measure suburbanites …— Janet ElderWe have worked our way up the real estate food chain to the point where we have a modest version of the complete suburban package: the picket fence, the stone walls, the in-ground pool …— Charles McGrath

First Known Use of picket fence

1777, in the meaning defined above

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“Picket fence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picket%20fence. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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