- 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 ambushmentdeception, camouflage, shelter, concealment, trick, trap, lurking, pitfall, ambuscade, hiding, waiting, ambushment
Examples from the Web for ambushment
Historical Examples of ambushment
A difficult matter it was, too, to keep this Mohican boy snug in the ambushment.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Their overnight bivouac was not above a mile beyond the glade of ambushment.
While he spoke these things, Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind him.
So from that on we went as men whose lives are held in pawn by a hidden foe, looking at every turn for an ambushment.
On the 8th August they came to an ambushment all prepared, but it had been abandoned for some unknown reason.The Personal Life Of David Livingstone
William Garden Blaikie
- 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.