[ es-kuh-leyd, -lahd, es-kuh-leyd, -lahd ]
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  1. 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.
  1. to mount, pass, or enter by means of ladders.

Origin of escalade

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

Other words from escalade

  • es·ca·lad·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for escalade


/ (ˌɛskəˈleɪd) /

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

  1. to gain access to (a place) by the use of ladders

Origin of escalade

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

Derived forms of escalade

  • escalader, noun

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