Definition of barricade in English:


Syllabification: bar·ri·cade
Pronunciation: /ˈberəˌkād


An improvised barrier erected across a street or other thoroughfare to prevent or delay the movement of opposing forces.
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  • 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


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1Block or defend with an improvised barrier: he barricaded the door with a bureau (as adjective barricaded) the heavily barricaded streets
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  • 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
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  • 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).

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