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[bar-i-keyd, bar-i-keyd] /ˈbær ɪˌkeɪd, ˌbær ɪˈkeɪd/
a defensive barrier hastily constructed, as in a street, to stop an enemy.
any barrier that obstructs passage.
verb (used with object), barricaded, barricading.
to obstruct or block with a barricade:
barricading the streets to prevent an attack.
to shut in and defend with or as if with a barricade:
The rebels had barricaded themselves in the old city.
Origin of barricade
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.
1. See bar1 . 4. fortify. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for barricaded
  • They are barricaded in their house with school and workplaces closed.
  • Campers were ordered to leave state parks, freeway rest areas were barricaded, and several drawbridges were left up.
  • But nearby streets remained barricaded, and soldiers were stationed along key roads behind sandbags and stacks of tires.
  • They barricaded the storefronts with bamboo scaffolding.
  • barricaded in her office several times, she finally called the police.
  • Upon arrival, officers determined that an armed subject had barricaded himself in the residence.
  • Do not attempt to cross barricaded or flooded roads.
  • These team members are responsible for responding to hostage, barricaded, suicidal and kidnapping incidents throughout the state.
  • The nature of the calls ranged from suicidal and barricaded subjects to quasi hostage situations.
  • These include barricaded subjects, hostage situations, and high-risk search warrants or arrest warrants.
British Dictionary definitions for barricaded


/ˌbærɪˈkeɪd; ˈbærɪˌkeɪd/
a barrier for defence, esp one erected hastily, as during street fighting
verb (transitive)
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
(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 barricaded



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.


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

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