barricade[bar′i kād′, ber′-]
- 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.
- a barrier thrown up hastily for defense, as in street fighting
- any barrier or obstruction
Origin of barricadeFrench ; 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
- a. A usually improvised structure set up, as across a route of access, to obstruct the passage of an enemy or opponent. See Synonyms at bulwark.b. A usually temporary structure set up to restrict or control the movement of people or conveyances: stood behind the barricades watching the parade.
- Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier: “One of those wild minds who saw bridges where others saw barricades” (Patricia Monaghan).
transitive verbbar·ri·cad·ed, bar·ri·cad·ing, bar·ri·cades
- To close off or block with a barricade.
- To shut (oneself) in by means of a barricade, as for protection or privacy.
Origin of barricadeFrench, from barrique, barrel, from Old Provençal barrica, from Vulgar Latin *barrīca; see embargo.
(third-person singular simple present barricades, present participle barricading, simple past and past participle barricaded)
From French barricade