Definition of stockade in US English:



  • 1A barrier formed from upright wooden posts or stakes, especially as a defense against attack or as a means of confining animals.

    • ‘Rome's enemies had built wooden stockades and fortified villages well before Caesar and his legions set foot in Gaul or Britain.’
    • ‘The stockade performed so many favours for the town and outlying farms that it was quite okay by the townsfolk.’
    • ‘The farmstead had storage pits, drying frames and granaries, and was surrounded by a stockade.’
    • ‘The typical Slav village was surrounded by a wooden stockade.’
    • ‘The art of fortification was lost in the West for many years after the collapse of the Roman empire, and local strongholds relied on stout stockades for defence.’
    • ‘Villages of 300 to 600 people were protected by a triple-walled stockade of wooden stakes 15 to 20 feet tall.’
    • ‘As surveyor and topographer, he took on the task of making sketches of the stockades.’
    • ‘Here, landlords organized armed gangs, built stockades and forts, and fought their neighbours for land and irrigation water, terrorized their tenants, and usurped judicial rights.’
    • ‘Each lodge has luxury en suite accommodation in tents the size of bungalows, built on stilts under a roof of thatch, surrounded by an elephant-proof stockade.’
    • ‘Hurrying across the paved stone road, they came up to the gate of the wooden stockade wall.’
    • ‘On the outskirts of the town is Plimoth Plantation, an authentic reconstruction of America's first settlement, with its one-room timber houses and high stockades.’
    • ‘The stockade was a barrier of separation and distrust.’
    • ‘Though plantations were mini-states - with private jails, stockades and whipping posts - planters also depended on the army, judges, mayors and local constables to force workers to submit to their will.’
    • ‘A stockade provided protection for both people and animals.’
    • ‘Ahead of him, he could barely make out the camp and its wooden stockade around its borders, swaying in the wind as it was pelted with rain.’
    • ‘There are no stockades or tipis, although the houses are a lot more humble and the fields a lot better tended than in neighbouring territory.’
    • ‘The motte was an earthen mound, conical in shape and the bailey was a level area around the motte, both of which would have had a wooden stockade surrounding.’
    • ‘In the frontier-land, fences and stockades announce intentions rather than mark realities.’
    • ‘A new stockade built in 1717 of wooden stakes quickly fell to ruin.’
    • ‘Europeans usually built defensive stockades immediately upon arrival in the New World in order to protect their foothold on the shore.’
    barrier, obstacle, blockade, bar, fence, obstruction, roadblock, bulwark, rampart, palisade, hurdle, protection, defence
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    1. 1.1 An enclosure bound by a barrier formed from upright wooden posts.
      ‘we got ashore and into the stockade’
      • ‘People were taken out of their homes and herded like cattle into stockades to await removal.’
      • ‘When the savages began to encircle the livestock, the herdsmen attempted to drive the cattle into the stockade.’
      enclosure, fold, sheepfold, pound, compound, paddock, sty, coop, cage, stall, lock-up
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    2. 1.2North American A military prison.
      • ‘The guards erected a line of fence in front of the stockade, and shot to kill any prisoner who crossed the line.’
      • ‘White guys in the stockade had fringe benefits.’
      • ‘One of the few remaining structures from the camp was the concrete stockade, a jail within an internment camp.’
      • ‘Replicas of sections of the original stockade and the north gate stand as reminders of a prison facility that was a deadly home to thousands of Union soldiers.’
      • ‘These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Rhode Island underground.’
      • ‘For example, his brutality is made out to be a personal thing rather than indicative of conditions in army stockades in general.’
      • ‘These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Southport Underground.’
      • ‘At this writing, he's still locked up, indefinitely and without charges, in some military stockade.’
      • ‘That is enough for my mind to start doing time in ‘Silver City,’ the stockade in the Philippines.’
      • ‘These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.’
      • ‘The stockade which they were encamped in was a wonderful place.’
      • ‘Instead, military records reveal he served as an ammo handler in the 25th Infantry Division and spent nearly a year in the stockade for being AWOL.’
      • ‘Corporal punishment and physical hazing of American soldiers was still permitted, including use of the stockade.’
      • ‘Another day and you would have been in the stockade.’
      • ‘He spent just three days in a military stockade before President Nixon ordered his release.’
      • ‘The stockade was designed to hold 10,000 prisoners and the first Union soldiers to arrive were housed and fed decently.’
      • ‘The expedition constructed winter quarters, consisting of an enclosed stockade and barracks.’
      • ‘A furious general had him arrested, tossed in the stockades and prepped for court-martial.’
      • ‘He spent four years in hard labour in a stockade, wearing fetters.’
      • ‘Rather than giving up on him and discharging him from the Army, he is released from the stockade to return for training.’
      prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
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[with object]usually as adjective stockaded
  • Enclose (an area) by erecting a stockade.

    • ‘Bent took up residence with Titoko in the stockaded village of Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu (Beak of the Bird), the main stronghold of the Hauhau forces which would soon see some of the worst action of the war.’
    • ‘Yet, it can also be viewed as a justified military action against a stockaded settlement in a Native homeland.’
    • ‘Terraces and stockaded villages were scattered in the high mountains on both sides of the Nujiang River.’
    • ‘Punishing the Pequots for the death of an English trader, Massachusetts militia attacked men, women, and children at the stockaded Mystic village, setting it ablaze and shooting escapees.’


Early 17th century: shortening of obsolete French estocade, alteration of estacade, from Spanish estacada, from the Germanic base of the noun stake.