WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bar•ri•cade /ˈbærɪˌkeɪd/USA pronunciation n., v., -cad•ed, -cad•ing.

n. [countable]
  • a barrier of large objects, intended to stop an enemy:a barricade of overturned buses.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to block with a barricade.
  • to shut in with or as if with a barricade: He barricaded himself behind a folding screen.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    barricade /ˌbærɪˈkeɪd; ˈbærɪˌkeɪd/ n
    1. a barrier for defence, esp one erected hastily, as during street fighting
    vb (transitive)
    1. to erect a barricade across (an entrance, passageway, etc) or at points of access to (a room, district of a town, etc)
    Etymology: 17th Century: from Old French, from barriquer to barricade, from barrique a barrel, from Spanish barrica, from barril barrel



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