[ kan-uh-neyd ]
/ ˌkæn əˈneɪd /


a continued discharge of cannon, especially during an attack.
an attack, as of invective or censure, suggestive of cannon fire; barrage.

verb (used with object), can·non·ad·ed, can·non·ad·ing.

to attack continuously with or as if with cannon

verb (used without object), can·non·ad·ed, can·non·ad·ing.

to discharge like continuous cannon fire.

Origin of cannonade

1645–55; < French canonnade < Italian cannonata, equivalent to cannon(e) cannon + -ata -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cannonade

/ (ˌkænəˈneɪd) /


an intense and continuous artillery bombardment


to attack (a target) with cannon
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