Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: BLOCK1 + French -ade 'action of'

blockade

1 noun
     
Related topics: Military
blockā€§ade1 [countable]
1PM [usually singular] the surrounding of an area by soldiers or ships to stop people or supplies leaving or entering:
a naval blockade
They've imposed an economic blockade on the country.
an agreement to lift the blockade (=end it)
2 something that is used to stop vehicles or people entering or leaving a place:
Angry farmers used tractors as blockades on the streets.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary