AskDefine | Define picket

Dictionary Definition



1 a person employed to watch for something to happen [syn: lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout]
2 a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack
3 a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work
4 a vehicle performing sentinel duty
5 a wooden strip forming part of a fence [syn: pale]


1 serve as pickets or post pickets; "picket a business to protest the lay-offs"
2 fasten with a picket; "picket the goat"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A stake driven into the ground.
    A picket fence.
  2. A tool in mountaineering, that is driven into the snow and used as an anchor or to arrest falls.
  3. A protest organized by a labour union.
    Pickets normally endeavor to be non-violent.
  4. 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.
    Pickets warned of enemy troops approaching from the west.


a stake driven into the ground
a protest organized by a labour union
Soldiers or troops


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

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Extensive Definition

Picket may refer to:
picket in French: Piquet
picket in Russian: Пикет
picket in Ukrainian: Пікет

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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