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camisado

[kam-uh-sey-doh, -sah-]
noun, plural cam·i·sa·dos. Archaic.
  1. a military attack made at night.
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Also cam·i·sade [kam-i-seyd, -sahd] /ˌkæm ɪˈseɪd, -ˈsɑd/.

Origin of camisado

1540–50; < Spanish camisada (now obsolete), equivalent to camis(a) shirt (see chemise) + -ada -ade1; so called because participants in such attacks would wear shirts over their armor to aid in recognition
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British Dictionary definitions for camisado

camisado

camisade (ˌkæmɪˈseɪd)

noun plural -sados or -sades
  1. (formerly) an attack made under cover of darkness
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Word Origin

C16: from obsolete Spanish camisada, literally: an attack in one's shirt (worn over the armour as identification), from camisa shirt
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