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stockade

noun stock·ade \ stä-ˈkād \

Definition of stockade

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

Examples of stockade in a Sentence

  1. prisoners of war confined in a stockade

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Origin and Etymology of stockade

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

stockade Synonyms

Synonyms
bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], jail, tolbooth [Scottish]
Related Words
bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk (s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
Near Antonyms
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stockade

verb

Definition of stockade

stockaded; stockading
transitive verb
: to fortify or surround with a stockade

First Known Use of stockade

1677


STOCKADE Defined for English Language Learners

stockade

noun

Definition of stockade for English Language Learners

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


STOCKADE Defined for Kids

stockade

noun stock·ade \ stä-ˈkād \

Definition of stockade for Students

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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