- an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
- an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
- the concealed position itself: They fired from ambush.
- those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.
- to attack from ambush.
Origin of ambush
Related Words for ambushassault, trap, surround, waylay, deception, camouflage, shelter, concealment, trick, lurking, pitfall, ambuscade, hiding, waiting, hide, decoy, ensnare, lurk, bushwhack, jump
Examples from the Web for ambush
Contemporary Examples of ambush
They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
In one ambush in late July, 11 Hezbollah fighters were killed, according to Lebanese security sources.Hezbollah’s Widening War Spreads to Iraq
August 1, 2014
He was killed instantly by a blast in an ambush launched on our vehicles outside of a schoolhouse.Memorial Days After Mourning Has Passed
May 25, 2014
She would lure him to a Paris suburb where the gang waited in ambush.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France
April 28, 2014
Opponents call the technique “ambush elections” and say the rules do not leave enough time for management to make its case.Obama Loves Labor (on the Down Low)
April 10, 2014
Historical Examples of ambush
Firing from ambush and moving from place to place, he would seem more than one man.Way of the Lawless
No mountains are here, but this is a great country for ambush.
Besides, they can rake us with bullets from ambush, while we're climbing up the ridge.
We're only two, but we've got the advantage of the ambush, and that's a big one.
Darkness, the ambush and the caution of sharpshooters were there.
- the act of waiting in a concealed position in order to launch a surprise attack
- a surprise attack from such a position
- the concealed position from which such an attack is launched
- the person or persons waiting to launch such an attack
- to lie in wait (for)
- (tr) to attack suddenly from a concealed position
Word Origin for ambush
c.1300, from Old French embuscher (13c., Modern French embûcher) "to lay an ambush," from en- "in" + busch "wood," apparently from Frankish *busk "bush, woods" (see bush (n.)). Related: Ambushed; ambushing.
late 15c., embushe, from the English verb or from Middle French embusche, from Old French embuscher (see ambush (v.)). Earlier was ambushment (late 14c.). Figurative use by 1590s.