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

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Examples of stockade in a Sentence

Noun prisoners of war confined in a stockade
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Brooklyn’s Muslim Presence Goes Back Centuries. Here’s Proof From 1643.," 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,, "Jeffrey Epstein’s work release setup puts Palm Beach County sheriff under scrutiny," 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, "The U.S. Has Been Silencing Black Girls’ Voices for Decades," 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,, "Jeffrey Epstein’s lax treatment raises debate about house arrest," 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, "Oligarchs, as U.S. Arts Patrons, Present a Softer Image of Russia," 6 Oct. 2019 The initial agreement stipulated that Epstein leave the stockade only to work in his office or visit the doctor. Skyler Swisher,, "Jeffrey Epstein’s unusual lockup detailed in records, from jailhouse panties to contraband facial exercise manual," 19 Aug. 2019 Epstein wound up spending 13 months in the stockade during 2008-2009 as part of his plea deal. Marc Freeman,, "Jeffrey’s Epstein’s special treatment in jail was far more lenient than anyone knew," 17 Aug. 2019 The county saw large-scale civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s and drew national attention for imprisoning dozens of African American girls in a squalid stockade for months and charging four other activists with treason. Washington Post, "In Carter’s home county, voting rights case tests democracy," 10 Aug. 2019

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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 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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