- The definition of a barricade is a barrier that stops the progress of something.
An example of a barricade is a large brick wall preventing people from entering a fortress.
- Barricade means to put up a barrier to shut something in or out.
An example of barricade is to build a dam to hold back water from flowing.
Orange barrels form a temporary barricade.
barricade definition by Webster's New World
- a barrier thrown up hastily for defense, as in street fighting
- any barrier or obstruction
Origin: French ; from Italian barricata, past participle of barricare, to fortify (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps French or Spanish barrica, barrel, akin to barrel: from use of casks as barriers
barricade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A structure set up across a route of access to obstruct the passage of an enemy.
- Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier. See Synonyms at bulwark.
- To close off or block with a barricade.
- To keep in or out by means of a barricade.
Origin: French, from barrique, barrel, from Old Provençal barrica, from Vulgar Latin *barrīca; see embargo.
- barˈri·cadˌer noun