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[ shuh-mahd ]
/ ʃəˈmɑd /

noun Military Archaic.

a signal by drum or trumpet inviting an enemy to a parley.

Nearby words

chalupa, chalutz, chalybeate, chalybite, cham, chamade, chamaedorea, chamaeleon, chamaephyte, chamber, chamber concert

Origin of chamade

1675–85; < French < Portuguese chamada, equivalent to cham(ar) to sound (< Latin clamāre to shout; see claim) + -ada -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chamade

  • I answered in my heat, "I knew of no chamade; what poltroonery or what treachery had been going on, I knew not!"

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
  • Upon which Harsch, next morning, has to beat the chamade, and surrender Prisoner of War.

  • Stralsund instantly beat the chamade, as we heard; and all was surrender and subjection in those regions.

  • He asked me, "Don't you know the rules of war, then; that you fire after chamade is beaten?"

British Dictionary definitions for chamade


/ (ʃəˈmɑːd) /


military (formerly) a signal by drum or trumpet inviting an enemy to a parley

Word Origin for chamade

C17: from French, from Portuguese chamada, from chamar to call, from Latin clamāre
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