- a signal by drum or trumpet inviting an enemy to a parley.
Origin of chamade
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Stralsund instantly beat the chamade, as we heard; and all was surrender and subjection in those regions.
Upon which Harsch, next morning, has to beat the chamade, and surrender Prisoner of War.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)
He asked me, "Don't you know the rules of war, then; that you fire after chamade is beaten?"
I answered in my heat, "I knew of no chamade; what poltroonery or what treachery had been going on, I knew not!"
A white flag waved on the rampart, and the drums of the garrison beat the chamade.
- military (formerly) a signal by drum or trumpet inviting an enemy to a parley
C17: from French, from Portuguese chamada, from chamar to call, from Latin clamāre