[ es-kuh-leyd, -lahd, es-kuh-leyd, -lahd ]
/ ˌɛs kəˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd, ˈɛs kəˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd /


a scaling or mounting by means of ladders, especially in an assault upon a fortified place.

verb (used with object), es·ca·lad·ed, es·ca·lad·ing.

to mount, pass, or enter by means of ladders.

Nearby words

  1. esbo,
  2. esc.,
  3. escabeche,
  4. escadrille,
  5. escadrille américaine,
  6. escalate,
  7. escalation,
  8. escalator,
  9. escalator clause,
  10. escalatory

Origin of escalade

1590–1600; < Middle French < Old Provençal *escalada, equivalent to escal(ar) to scale3 + -ada -ade1

Related formses·ca·lad·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for escalade


/ (ˌɛskəˈleɪd) /


an assault by the use of ladders, esp on a fortification


to gain access to (a place) by the use of ladders
Derived Formsescalader, noun

Word Origin for escalade

C16: from French, from Italian scalata, from scalare to mount, scale ³

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Word Origin and History for escalade



1590s, "action of using ladders to scale the walls of a fortified place," from Middle French escalade (16c.) "an assault with ladders on a fortification," from Italian scalata, fem. past participle of scalare "to climb by means of a ladder," from scala "ladder," related to Latin scandere "to climb" (see scan). For initial e-, see especial.

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