stockade definition by Webster's New World
- a barrier of stakes driven into the ground side by side, for defense against attack
- ☆ an enclosure, as a fort, made with such stakes
- ☆ an enclosure for military prisoners
Origin: French estacade (also estocade, by associated, association with Old French estoc, trunk, log ; from Frankish an unverified form stock, akin to German stock: see stock) ; from ProvenÃ§al estacado ; from estaca, post, stake ; from Germanic base akin to stake
stockade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A defensive barrier made of strong posts or timbers driven upright side by side into the ground.
- a. A similar fenced or enclosed area, especially one used for protection.b. A jail on a military base.
Origin: Obsolete French estacade, estocade, from Spanish estacada, from estaca, stake, of Germanic origin.