- an ambush.
- to lie in ambush.
- to attack from a concealed position; ambush.
Origin of ambuscade
Examples from the Web for ambuscade
How is it you know there is an ambuscade laid to catch us napping?The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
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
And as to the wine-cup and slumber—these I guard against, even as a man might guard against an ambuscade.Hiero
- an ambush
- to ambush or lie in ambush
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.