stock·​ade | \ stä-ˈkād How to pronounce stockade (audio) \

Definition of stockade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a line of stout posts set firmly to form a defense
2a : an enclosure or pen made with posts and stakes
b : an enclosure in which prisoners are kept


stockaded; stockading

Definition of stockade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fortify or surround with a stockade

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Synonyms for stockade

Synonyms: Noun

bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], tolbooth [Scottish]

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Examples of stockade in a Sentence


prisoners of war confined in a stockade

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The four cow-calf pairs would spend the night in a pen that looked like a little stockade. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 The wooden stockade and stick-and-mud buildings disintegrated, and the ground was plowed under as part of a plantation. Laura Johnston,, "Archaeology is changing history at Jamestown, first permanent English settlement in North America," 18 Apr. 2018 Using ancient post holes as a guide, a stockade has been reconstructed around the periphery of Aztalan, giving visitors a fleeting sense of this ancient city’s dimensions. David Hammond,, "Lost cities of the Midwest: A trek back to pre-Columbian times," 21 July 2017 Soldiers abandoned their positions and ran into the stockade. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "The worst July 4 that George Washington ever had — and how it led to a new nation," 4 July 2017 Shaken, Washington rushed back to Great Meadows and ordered the construction of a stockade in anticipation of a French attack. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "The worst July 4 that George Washington ever had — and how it led to a new nation," 4 July 2017 Nearby is a photo opp for those with naughty friends or relatives – an old-style stockade found in those times as a punishment for transgressors. Mark Eades, Orange County Register, "A former Disney Imagineer’s guide to Walt Disney World’s Liberty Square," 10 May 2017 Hey, that’s not how my church asks for volunteers to stand in stockades on top of a taco truck and repent. Margaret Lyons And James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Where Is God on the Small Screen?," 24 Aug. 2016 Forts San Louis and San Carlos, at the upper and lower river corners of the city, were similar except that their walkways were covered, making them look something like frontier stockades. Richard Campanella,, "New Orleans 'Fort-prints': Odd angled properties are relics of city's fortified past," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of stockade


1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stockade


Spanish estacada, from estaca stake, pale, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English staca stake

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The first known use of stockade was in 1614

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English Language Learners Definition of stockade

: a line of tall posts that are set in the ground and used as a barrier to protect or defend a place


stock·​ade | \ stä-ˈkād How to pronounce stockade (audio) \

Kids Definition of stockade

1 : a line of strong posts set in the ground to form a defense
2 : an enclosure usually formed by posts pounded into the ground

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