picket


picket
picket (n.) 1680s, "pointed stake (for defense against cavalry, etc.)," from Fr. piquet, from piquer "to pierce" (see PIKE (Cf. pike) (n.2)). Sense of "troops posted to watch for enemy" first recorded 1761; that of "striking workers stationed to prevent others from entering a factory" is from 1867. The verb in this sense also is from 1867. Related: Picketed; picketing.

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