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[sto-keyd] /stɒˈkeɪd/
Fortification. a defensive barrier consisting of strong posts or timbers fixed upright in the ground.
an enclosure or pen made with posts and stakes.
U.S. Military. a prison for military personnel.
verb (used with object), stockaded, stockading.
to protect, fortify, or encompass with a stockade.
Origin of stockade
1605-15; < Middle French estocade, variant of estacade < Spanish estacada. See stake1, -ade1 Unabridged
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  • After burying the dead, the next day the troops set about erecting a stockade.
  • Nights are spent with other elephant youngsters in a protected stockade.
  • The home buildings of the ranch stood in a quadrangle, surrounded by a fence or low stockade.
  • The date the stockade fence was erected around the house is also unclear.
  • Two sections of the stockade wall have been reconstructed, the north gate and the northeast corner.
  • Notice the entrance to the village through a narrow space formed by overlapping ends of the stockade wall.
  • The palisaded stockade and other buildings, built of wood except for the brick magazines, have long since disappeared.
British Dictionary definitions for stockade


an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
(US) a military prison or detention area
(transitive) to surround with a stockade
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish estacada, from estaca a stake, post, of Germanic origin; see stake1
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Word Origin and History for stockade

1610s, "a barrier of stakes," from Spanish estacada, from estaca "stake," from a Germanic source (cf. Old English staca, see stake (n.1)). Meaning "prison, especially on a military post" first recorded 1865.

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