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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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  • They had now reached a place formed by nature for an ambuscade, where the Trasimenus comes nearest to the mountains of Cortona.

  • Here a thousand Indians had planted themselves in ambuscade.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Then, with a motion almost elegant, he dropt his right hand lightly into his coat-pocket, where it lay still in ambuscade.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • But the darkness, which had favored the ambuscade, now defeated their object.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Murray lodged in the town during the night, and Hamilton posted himself in his ambuscade the next morning, armed with a gun.

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

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • Then Gessi laid his ambuscade for Sultan Idris, who marched into the trap prepared for him.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume II Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • He has deepened the gloom about his ambuscade and he has succeeded in part.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • George Shepherd was sent out on the road toward Harrisonville, south of the ambuscade.

  • Those devils of Indians have a peculiar talent for forming an ambuscade.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
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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