Meaning of ambuscade in English:


Pronunciation /ˌambəˈskeɪd/

See synonyms for ambuscade on


  • An ambush.

    ‘our sensibilities are being battered with reports of killings and ambuscades’
    • ‘In politics, as in war, we meet with certain ardent minds which never understand the utility of marches, counter marches, ambuscades, and affairs of outposts.’
    • ‘‘I grew up with it, getting to know the various places of battles, skirmishes, sieges, ambuscades, ancient strongholds and war trails,’ wrote William.’
    • ‘The group were active in the late 1980s and used to conduct daring ambuscades on mostly abusive police and local officials.’
    • ‘If nothing else, the ambuscade - traditionally dated August 15, 778 - did take place.’
    ambush, lure, decoy, bait


[with object]archaic
  • Ambush (someone)

    ‘French and his companions were ambuscaded by the Indians’
    • ‘It was evident that the enemy were ambuscaded in great force.’
    • ‘But Rosie broke the compact and ambuscaded the poor fellow.’
    • ‘During an expedition to the frontier for the object of punishing a marauding party, his company was ambuscaded and made a desperate resistance, but were overpowered and put to flight.’
    • ‘Colbert hastily collected the old men and boys of the tribe, and ambuscaded the Creeks so successfully that not one of them escaped.’
    • ‘Brown was opposed to the pursuit, and told Patrick he feared they would be ambuscaded.’
    snare, entrap, ensnare, enmesh, lay a trap for


Late 16th century from French embuscade, from Italian imboscata, Spanish emboscada, or Portuguese embuscada, based on a late Latin word meaning ‘to place in a wood’; related to bush.