What does picket mean?

Definitions for picket
ˈpɪk ɪtpick·et

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word picket.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picketnoun

    a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

  2. picketnoun

    a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack

  3. picketnoun

    a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work

  4. picketnoun

    a vehicle performing sentinel duty

  5. picket, palenoun

    a wooden strip forming part of a fence

  6. picket, piquetverb

    a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake

  7. picketverb

    serve as pickets or post pickets

    "picket a business to protest the layoffs"

  8. picketverb

    fasten with a picket

    "picket the goat"


  1. picketnoun

    A stake driven into the ground.

    A picket fence.

  2. picketnoun

    A type of punishment by which an offender had to rest his or her entire body weight on the top of a small stake.

  3. picketnoun

    A tool in mountaineering, that is driven into the snow and used as an anchor or to arrest falls.

  4. picketnoun

    Soldiers or troops placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance. It can also refer to any unit (for example, an aircraft or ship) performing a similar function.

  5. picketnoun

    A sentry. Can be used figuratively.

  6. picketnoun

    A protester positioned outside an office, workplace etc. during a strike (usually in plural); also the protest itself.

    Pickets normally endeavor to be non-violent.

  7. picketverb

    to protest organized by a labour union. Typically in front of the location of employment.

  8. Etymology: From piquet, from piquer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Picketnoun

    a stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses

  2. Picketnoun

    a pointed pale, used in marking fences

  3. Picketnoun

    a detached body of troops serving to guard an army from surprise, and to oppose reconnoitering parties of the enemy; -- called also outlying picket

  4. Picketnoun

    by extension, men appointed by a trades union, or other labor organization, to intercept outsiders, and prevent them from working for employers with whom the organization is at variance

  5. Picketnoun

    a military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed stake

  6. Picketnoun

    a game at cards. See Piquet

  7. Picketverb

    to fortify with pointed stakes

  8. Picketverb

    to inclose or fence with pickets or pales

  9. Picketverb

    to tether to, or as to, a picket; as, to picket a horse

  10. Picketverb

    to guard, as a camp or road, by an outlying picket

  11. Picketverb

    to torture by compelling to stand with one foot on a pointed stake

  12. Etymology: [F. piquet, properly dim. of pique spear, pike. See Pike, and cf. Piquet.]


  1. Picket

    In military terminology, a picket refers to soldiers or troops placed on a line forward of a position to warn against an enemy advance. It can also refer to any unit performing a similar function. The term is from the British, dating from before 1735 and probably much earlier. In modern military terms it refers to a soldier or small group of soldiers maintaining a watch. This may mean a watch for the enemy, or other types of watch i.e. "fire picket". A staggered picket consists of, for example, two soldiers where one soldier is relieved at a time. This is so that on any given picket one soldier is fresh, having just started the picket, while the other is ready to be relieved. Although each soldier is required to maintain watch for the full duration of a shift, halfway through each shift a new soldier is put on watch. Staggered pickets are consequently more difficult to plan than standard pickets.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Picket

    pik′et, n. a pointed stake used in fortification: a small outpost or guard stationed in front of an army: a number of men sent out by a trades-union to prevent others from working against the wishes or decisions of the union: a game at cards: a punishment inflicted by making a person stand on one foot on a pointed stake.—v.i. to fasten to a stake, as a horse: to post a vanguard: to place a picket at or near.—ns. Pick′et-fence, a fence of pickets or pales; Pick′et-guard, a guard kept in readiness in case of alarm. [Fr. piquet, dim. of pic, a pickaxe.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. picket

    A pointed staff or stake driven into the ground for various military purposes, as the marking out plans of works, the securing horses to, &c. (See also PIQUET, an outguard.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. picket

    A detachment composed of cavalry or infantry, whose principal duty is to guard an army from surprise and oppose such small parties as the enemy may push forward for the purpose of reconnoitring.

  2. picket

    A sharp stake used for securing the fascines of a battery, or fastening the tent-ropes of a camp, etc.

  3. picket

    To fortify with pickets or pointed stakes. Also, to fasten to a picket, as a horse while grazing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of picket in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of picket in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of picket in a Sentence

  1. Justice Potter Stewart:

    The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic in our scheme. Even when an ordinance requires a permit to make a speech, to deliver a sermon, to picket, to parade, or to assemble, it need not be honored when it’s invalid on its face.

  2. Edward Irving Koch:

    If you don't like the president, it costs you 90 bucks to fly to Washington to picket. If you don't like the governor, it costs you 60 bucks to fly to Albany to picket. If you don't like me, 90 cents.

  3. Aimee Bartek-Regnier:

    My white picket fence, my trellis, everything you'd identify my house with was gone, we're just waiting on a picture so that we can have our closure that way. I've known since Friday that our house was gone.

  4. Joseph Ocol:

    It was early the morning, and I was surprised about it, …I made a choice that I ha[d] to be with my students because I made the promise with them to be with them to practice that day. So I decided to cross the picket line.

  5. The Justice Department:

    I did parade, demonstrate and picket( inside the Capitol). I can't deny that. You have it on video. I'm not gon na contest it.

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