Main meanings of ambuscado in English

: ambuscado1ambuscado2

ambuscado1

noun

archaic, rare
  • 1Military
    A positioning of soldiers, etc., in a concealed place, in order to surprise and attack an enemy; the surprise attack itself. Also: the condition or position of being concealed in such a way.

  • 2Figurative and in figurative contexts.

Pronunciation

ambuscado

/ˌambʊˈskeɪdəʊ/ /ˌambʊˈskɑːdəʊ/

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Coningsby (1550–1625), soldier. Alteration of ambuscade; compare -ado, and perhaps also Spanish emboscado (past participle) ambushed.

Main meanings of ambuscado in English

: ambuscado1ambuscado2

ambuscado2

verb

rare, archaic, historical
  • (Frequently in passive). To carry out a surprise attack on (a person or group); to ambush.

Pronunciation

ambuscado

/ˌambʊˈskeɪdəʊ/ /ˌambʊˈskɑːdəʊ/

Origin

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From ambuscado.