[ 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.

Origin of escalade

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

Related forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for escalading


/ (ˌɛskəˈleɪd) /


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


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

Derived Forms

escalader, noun

Word Origin for escalade

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