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[am-buh-skeyd, am-buh-skeyd] /ˈæm bəˌskeɪd, ˌæm bəˈskeɪd/
an ambush.
verb (used without object), ambuscaded, ambuscading.
to lie in ambush.
verb (used with object), ambuscaded, ambuscading.
to attack from a concealed position; ambush.
Origin of ambuscade
1575-85; < Middle French embuscade, alteration (under influence of Old French embuschier; see ambush) of Middle French emboscade < Old Italian imboscata, feminine past participle of imboscare, verbal derivative with in- in-2 of bosco wood, forest < Germanic *bosk- bush1
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ambuscader, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ambuscade
Historical Examples
  • How is it you know there is an ambuscade laid to catch us napping?

  • This was the place of the ambuscade, where his army was cut to pieces.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • Here a thousand Indians had planted themselves in ambuscade.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • But the darkness, which had favored the ambuscade, now defeated their object.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • And as to the wine-cup and slumber—these I guard against, even as a man might guard against an ambuscade.

    Hiero Xenophon
  • The enemy, seeing it all through the thicket, were confirmed in their fears of an ambuscade.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • The ambuscade of the Ant-lion is classic; it does not differ greatly from the others.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • He was, however, drawn into an ambuscade, and dreaded the loss of his whole army.

  • "You jink from ambuscade to ambuscade of phrase like a fox," I cried.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • The Republic, surprised by an ambuscade, wrestled with the coup d'état.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for ambuscade


an ambush
to ambush or lie in ambush
Word Origin
C16: from French embuscade, from Old Italian imboscata, probably of Germanic origin; compare ambush
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Word Origin and History for ambuscade

1580s, essentially a variant form of ambush (n.), representing a reborrowing of that French word after it had been Italianized. Ambuscade is from French embuscade (16c.), Gallicized from Italian imboscata, literally "a hiding in the bush," compounded from the same elements as Old French embuscher. Sometimes in English as ambuscado, with faux Spanish ending of the sort popular in 17c.

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