[es-kuh-leyd, -lahd, es-kuh-leyd, -lahd]


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.

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

Related Words for escaladed

escalate, rise, soar, arise, mount, scale, top, ascend, clamber, back, up, lift, vault, tower, bestride, surmount

Examples from the Web for escaladed

Historical Examples of escaladed

  • It was a great step made, but it was as nothing so long as the rock was not escaladed.

    The Freebooters

    Gustave Aimard

  • At length the Indians fell back; the wall was not yet escaladed.

    The Indian Scout

    Gustave Aimard

  • He escaladed the path, left it, returned to it, quick and venturous.

  • Some of the gaming houses were attacked; the iron doors were forced; the barred windows were escaladed.

  • The fort was escaladed by the French late at night and the palisades made short work of by the hatchets of their bushrangers.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson

British Dictionary definitions for escaladed



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 escaladed



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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