[ am-buh-skeyd, am-buh-skeyd ]
/ ˈæm bəˌskeɪd, ˌæm bəˈskeɪd /


an ambush.

verb (used without object), am·bus·cad·ed, am·bus·cad·ing.

to lie in ambush.

verb (used with object), am·bus·cad·ed, am·bus·cad·ing.

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

Related forms

am·bus·cad·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ambuscade


/ (ˌæmbəˈskeɪd) /


an ambush


to ambush or lie in ambush

Word Origin for ambuscade

C16: from French embuscade, from Old Italian imboscata, probably of Germanic origin; compare ambush
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