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escalade Line breaks: es¦cal|ade
Pronunciation: /ˌɛskəˈleɪd/

Definition of escalade in English:


[mass noun] historical
The scaling of fortified walls using ladders, as a form of military attack.
Example sentences
  • During an escalade a large number of ladders are required.
  • Ultimately, using the escalade as a form of attack proved too expensive and difficult to implement in all but the weakest castle sieges.
  • Fresh information revealed that the French were fully prepared to meet an attack on Rochefort, and a council of war decided that any attempt to take it by escalade would be hopeless.


Late 16th century: from French, or from Spanish escalada, escalado, from medieval Latin scalare 'to scale, climb', from Latin scala 'ladder'.

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