Definition of barricade in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈberəˌkād/


An improvised barrier erected across a street or other thoroughfare to prevent or delay the movement of opposing forces.
Example sentences
  • Huge concrete and steel barricades were erected to prevent demonstrators from getting anywhere near the venue, while surrounding streets were completely blocked off.
  • The jobless workers have threatened to set up barricades to prevent movement in and out of the refineries.
  • The following day, militiamen of Sadr's Mahdi Army attempted to seal off the densely populated suburb with barricades to prevent US forces entering again.
obstacle, obstruction


[with object]
1Block or defend with an improvised barrier: he barricaded the door with a bureau (as adjective barricaded) the heavily barricaded streets
More example sentences
  • Imagine the troopers being forced to retreat into a vacant building and barricading the door because the anger and strength of the mob had reached a fever pitch.
  • I went back into the building and barricaded the door with a vending machine.
  • Staff at Darwen's M65 services had to barricade themselves behind closed doors during a ‘nightmare’ evening of trouble.
seal (up), close up, block off, shut off/up;
defend, protect, fortify
1.1Shut (oneself or someone) into a place by blocking all the entrances: detainees who barricaded themselves into their dormitory
More example sentences
  • There was heavy fighting in Nanning, where our people were barricaded in an old district of the city, with no more than a hundred rifles between us.
  • They barricaded her in with their trolleys so she couldn't escape.
  • Mrs Kernan, a widow and his official carer, said she had barricaded him in his bedroom before summoning relatives.


Late 16th century: from French, from barrique 'cask', from Spanish barrica; related to barrel (barrels being often used to build barricades).

  • To man the barricades is to stage a protest of a kind particularly associated with France. The word is indeed French, formed from barrique ‘cask’; The ‘day of the barricades’ in Paris on 12 May 1588 during the Huguenot Wars was characterized by the use of barrels to build defences and obstruct access; hence the current sense. The French word came ultimately from Spanish barrica, and the form barricado was formerly used in English as well as barricade, both from the late 16th century.

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Syllabification: bar·ri·cade

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