road·​block ˈrōd-ˌbläk How to pronounce roadblock (audio)
: a barricade often with traps or mines for holding up an enemy at a point on a road covered by fire
: a road barricade set up especially by law enforcement officers
: an obstruction in a road
: something that blocks progress or prevents accomplishment of an objective
roadblock transitive verb

Examples of roadblock in a Sentence

That's the one roadblock to the plan. roadblocks on the path to success
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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of roadblock was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Roadblock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


road·​block -ˌbläk How to pronounce roadblock (audio)
: a blocking of a road (as by police officers)

Legal Definition


: a road barricade set up by law enforcement officers especially for the purpose of detecting criminal activity
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