Definition of picket in English:

picket

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪkɪt
 
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noun

1A person or group of people who stand outside a workplace or other venue as a protest or to try to persuade others not to enter during a strike: forty pickets were arrested
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  • Opponents would claim that the sight of placard-wielding pickets outside various religious functions presents the Gospel in a poor light.
  • The general secretary, who joined pickets outside the station, said the strikes proved that rail workers did not believe they were being treated fairly on pay.
  • After two months management hired a new workforce, reopened operations and called in police to disperse pickets outside the hotel.
Synonyms
1.1A blockade of a workplace or other venue staged by a picket: the workers walked out, mounting mass pickets at the factory gates
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  • Then Fiat workers walked out, mounting mass pickets at factory gates.
  • Farmers are set to stage pickets at milk processing plants in North Yorkshire, according to a pressure group.
  • Union leaders should call for collections, delegations to the picket lines and mass pickets to stop any scabbing.
Synonyms
demonstration, picket line, blockade, boycott; picketing, secondary picketing
2 (also picquet) A soldier or small group of soldiers performing a particular duty, especially one sent out to watch for the enemy: when would this headlong advance run into the enemy pickets? a picket of soldiers fired a volley over the coffin
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  • ‘No picquet should be less than 1 Officer and 15 men,’ he was told.
  • For many of the campaigns of history sentries, or larger security parties constituting infantry pickets or cavalry vedettes, did not habitually fire on one another.
  • Union cavalry pickets and Signal Corps observers would have provided similar intelligence.
3 [usually as modifier] A pointed wooden stake driven into the ground, typically to form a fence or to tether a horse: a cedar-picket stockade
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  • It was fenced with white picket wood, and the dirt was clean and smooth, as if someone had just cleaned it up hours before.
  • In one of my gardens, in the dappled shade of oak trees, I have placed a pair of them either side of a wooden picket gate, where they are a delight each spring.
  • There was also in evidence picket poles, rods, chains and all the instrumental paraphernalia of field work.
Synonyms
stake, peg, post, paling; upright, stanchion, pier, piling, palisade

verb (pickets, picketing, picketed)

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Act as a picket outside (a workplace or other venue): strikers picketed the newspaper’s main building
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  • Many workers picketed outside courthouses in the main cities during the week.
  • Strikers picketed offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.
  • Workers who picket a workplace and demonstrators who block roads or entrances to financial institutions, such as the stock exchange, could be charged as terrorists, as could computer hackers.
Synonyms
demonstrate at, form a picket at, man the picket line at, launch a demonstration at, protest at, form a protest group at; blockade, isolate, surround, cordon off

Origin

late 17th century (denoting a pointed stake, on which a soldier was required to stand on one foot as a military punishment): from French piquet 'pointed stake', from piquer 'to prick', from pic 'pike'.

Derivatives

picketer

noun
More example sentences
  • We make our way to the theater, where noisy picketers are demonstrating against the very education reforms that had been on the governor's agenda earlier in the day.
  • One police officer explained that they were responding to complaints and that, while they were in solidarity with picketers, they would have to arrest everyone.
  • The picketers had been protesting for more than a month, demanding jobs, with no response from government authorities.

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