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barricade

[bar-i-keyd, bar-i-keyd] /ˈbær ɪˌkeɪd, ˌbær ɪˈkeɪd/
noun
1.
a defensive barrier hastily constructed, as in a street, to stop an enemy.
2.
any barrier that obstructs passage.
verb (used with object), barricaded, barricading.
3.
to obstruct or block with a barricade:
barricading the streets to prevent an attack.
4.
to shut in and defend with or as if with a barricade:
The rebels had barricaded themselves in the old city.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < French, equivalent to barrique barrel (< Gascon) + -ade -ade1; early barricades in Paris were often composed of barrels
Related forms
barricader, noun
unbarricade, verb (used with object), unbarricaded, unbarricading.
Synonyms
1. See bar1 . 4. fortify.
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British Dictionary definitions for barricade

barricade

/ˌbærɪˈkeɪd; ˈbærɪˌkeɪd/
noun
1.
a barrier for defence, esp one erected hastily, as during street fighting
verb (transitive)
2.
to erect a barricade across (an entrance, passageway, etc) or at points of access to (a room, district of a town, etc): they barricaded the door
3.
(usually passive) to obstruct; block: his mind was barricaded against new ideas
Derived Forms
barricader, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from barriquer to barricade, from barrique a barrel, from Spanish barrica, from barrilbarrel
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Word Origin and History for barricade
v.

1590s, from Middle French barricader "to barricade" (1550s), from barrique "barrel," from Spanish barrica "barrel," from baril (see barrel). Revolutionary associations began during 1588 Huguenot riots in Paris, when large barrels filled with earth and stones were set up in the streets. Related: Barricaded; barricading.

n.

1640s, from barricade (v.). Earlier was barricado (1580s) with false Spanish ending (see -ado).

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