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.
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.
verbrare, archaic, historical
(Frequently in passive). To carry out a surprise attack on (a person or group); to ambush.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From ambuscado.