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

Synonyms for stockade

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of stockade in a Sentence

Noun prisoners of war confined in a stockade
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the middle of this expanse, a stockade, where sheep were gathered at night to protect them from bears and coyotes, had collapsed. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Anthony set sail for New Amsterdam in 1629, and before long acquired a large farm just north of the city stockade at Wall Street, along with a reputation as one of the most quarrelsome characters in a town full of them. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2019 Epstein served 3 1/2 months locked down at the stockade before he was granted work release, which was approved in consultation with Epstein’s high-powered legal staff, Gauger said. Skyler Swisher,, 18 July 2019 But, according to a 2016 NPR article on the Leesburg Stockade, their parents were billed to cover the expenses for the girls’ time in the stockade. Jessica Feierman And Ashley C. Sawyer, Teen Vogue, 4 Oct. 2019 Records released this month show Epstein was given an array of special privileges, from an unlocked cell in a special wing of the stockade, to a work-release schedule of six days a week, up to 12 hours per day, at a West Palm Beach office building. Marc Freeman,, 23 Aug. 2019 Visitors tour the stockade, the Russian Orthodox chapel and a windmill like the one used by the settlers. Graham Bowley, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2019 The initial agreement stipulated that Epstein leave the stockade only to work in his office or visit the doctor. Skyler Swisher,, 19 Aug. 2019 Epstein wound up spending 13 months in the stockade during 2008-2009 as part of his plea deal. Marc Freeman,, 17 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Epstein spent 13 months in the Palm Beach County stockade during 2008-09 as part of a plea deal widely criticized as being too lenient. Skyler Swisher,, 10 May 2021

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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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“Stockade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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