A palisade is a heavy-duty fence that's strong enough to keep out intruders, like one you might see around a military camp.

Traditionally, palisades were built with wooden stakes around small forts or castles as a way to keep out enemies. There's evidence that this kind of fence was often used in ancient Greece and Rome. More modern palisades are made out of metal and give protection to houses in dangerous neighborhoods, for example. The root word is the Latin palus, which means "stake."

Definitions of palisade

n fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground

Type of:
fortification, munition
defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it

v surround with a wall in order to fortify

fence, fence in, surround, wall
surround with a stockade in order to fortify
surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
Type of:
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

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