thick·​et ˈthi-kət How to pronounce thicket (audio)
: a dense growth of shrubbery or small trees : copse
: something resembling a thicket in density or impenetrability : tangle
a political thicket
a thicket of reporters
thickety adjective

Example Sentences

a dense thicket of rosebushes flushed a pheasant from a thicket of willows
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Word History


Middle English *thikket, from Old English thiccet, from thicce thick

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thicket was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thicket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


thick·​et ˈthik-ət How to pronounce thicket (audio)
: a thick usually small patch of shrubbery, small trees, or underbrush
: something resembling a thicket in being crowded together or impenetrable
a thicket of fans

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