Definition of ambuscade in English:

ambuscade

Syllabification: am·bus·cade
Pronunciation: /ˈambəˌskād, ˌambəˈskād
 
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noun

dated
An ambush.
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  • In politics, as in war, we meet with certain ardent minds which never understand the utility of marches, counter marches, ambuscades, and affairs of outposts.
  • ‘I grew up with it, getting to know the various places of battles, skirmishes, sieges, ambuscades, ancient strongholds and war trails,’ wrote William.
  • The group were active in the late 1980s and used to conduct daring ambuscades on mostly abusive police and local officials.

verb

[with object] archaic Back to top  
1Attack from an ambush.
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  • In 1823 a party under Jones and Immell left Fort Benton for the Three Forks and were ambuscaded on their return trip.
  • Warnings that war would soon be commenced, in the customary way, by the ambuscading of stragglers or the murder of settlers, reached the authorities, but little notice was taken of them.
  • On December 28th he attempted to march from Tampa to Fort King, but his command was ambuscaded and one hundred and fifteen officers and men massacred.
1.1 [no object] Lie in ambush: (as adjective ambuscaded) ambuscaded thousands might swarm up over the embankment
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  • The three nations ambuscaded and when the visitors had disembarked they attacked and destroyed them.
  • On the remaining side was a ravine in which the ambuscading party was hidden.
  • At this moment the ambuscading forces made themselves known, and displaying hats on the muzzles of their guns made a showing of twice their actual number.

Origin

late 16th century: from French embuscade, from Italian imboscata, Spanish emboscada, or Portuguese embuscada, based on a late Latin word meaning 'to place in a wood'; related to bush1.

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