Definition of picket fence in English:

picket fence

noun

  • 1A wooden fence made of spaced uprights connected by two or more horizontal rails.

    • ‘All homes have alarms and there will be a decorative trellis screening to the patio areas and a timber picket fence to the side boundaries.’
    • ‘A perfectly tended flower garden lined the base of the house and a neat row of dark green hedges concealed the white picket fence running along the outside of the yard.’
    • ‘We built a white picket fence around the front of the house to keep area cattle from rubbing against our porch supports.’
    • ‘The couple stood for a few moments, neither of them moving in the small space between the tool shed and the white picket fence that surrounded the yard.’
    • ‘She held open the picket fence for Jack and she took his arm.’
    • ‘Built three years ago, the property is situated in a cul-de-sac and is bordered to the front by a green picket fence and black wrought-iron gates.’
    • ‘The remains of his fortune were used to purchase a picket fence that extended in random directions across his property.’
    • ‘A white picket fence surrounded the neatly cultivated front yard, and one could hear the music drifting in from the garden out back.’
    • ‘A bright picket fence stands out and makes a garden corner feel more enclosed than a brown fence.’
    • ‘Add a picket fence to enclose the property and an elegant pergola at the top of the slope.’
    • ‘Smith began by removing the picket fence and digging up the yard.’
    • ‘Her realtor had almost given up on her when Amy found the place of dreams, a house with a white picket fence and a little garden that needed a bit of tending.’
    • ‘He made it as far as the gate of the white picket fence surrounding his house.’
    • ‘Windows open to an effusive flower garden, which is divided into quadrants by brick paths and enclosed with a white picket fence.’
    • ‘Because it's wood, the picket fence can be finished with paint or stain, to add a more formal appearance to its surroundings.’
    • ‘His footsteps slowed as he neared the gate in the little picket fence.’
    • ‘Already, the front porch has given way to the screened deck in the back yard, and the white picket fence is now a brick wall.’
    • ‘He quoted her a price to replace the old chain linked fence with a brick fence and then build a smaller picket fence around the grassed area in front of the house.’
    • ‘Think of the times you've been out for a walk and have stopped to admire a neighbor's garden from the outside of an attractive picket fence.’
    • ‘When he got off duty a few hours ago he decided to take a nap just outside the building hidden behind an old picket fence.’
    1. 1.1North American A picket fence as a symbol of middle-class domesticity and contentment:
      ‘we'd get a house with a white picket fence, and a dog, and have two kids’
      • ‘There's a lot of weight to be carried at times, and the fact that its breezier moments never pacify but rather embolden its picket-fence jeremiads testifies to what a remarkable play the album is from start to finish.’
      • ‘Now I'm picturing him in a nightmare of white picket-fence suburbia, a respectable man in a respectable neighborhood just like the one I grew up in, masking unspeakable perversions behind those wire-rimmed glasses and the sober suit.’
      • ‘But luckily I never gave in to an unexamined idealization of picket-fence happiness.’
      • ‘To prove that he is not being obstinate, the author gives his disembodied gray-day poetry a backdrop of white picket-fence perfection.’
      • ‘Over the past dozen years, I've had several boyfriends who were nice enough but didn't figure into my long-term, picket-fence dreams.’