Definition of ambuscade in English:


Pronunciation /ˈambəskād/ /ˈæmbəskeɪd/


  • 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

transitive verb

[with object]archaic
  • Ambush (someone)

    ‘French and his companions were ambuscaded by the Indians’
    • ‘In 1823 a party under Jones and Immell left Fort Benton for the Three Forks and were ambuscaded on their return trip.’
    • ‘Warnings that war would soon be commenced, in the customary way, by the ambuscading of stragglers or the murder of settlers, reached the authorities, but little notice was taken of them.’
    • ‘On December 28th he attempted to march from Tampa to Fort King, but his command was ambuscaded and one hundred and fifteen officers and men massacred.’
    • ‘I again succeeded in ambuscading them, which caused them to give up pursuit for the night.’
    • ‘Foraging soldiers from the fort were 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.



/ˈambəskād/ /ˈæmbəskeɪd/