Definition of escalade in English:


Pronunciation /ˌeskəˈlād/ /ˌɛskəˈleɪd/


  • The scaling of fortified walls using ladders, as a form of military attack.

    ‘During an escalade a large number of ladders are required.’
    • ‘Ultimately, using the escalade as a form of attack proved too expensive and difficult to implement in all but the weakest castle sieges.’
    • ‘Fresh information revealed that the French were fully prepared to meet an attack on Rochefort, and a council of war decided that any attempt to take it by escalade would be hopeless.’
    climb, ascend, go up, go over, clamber up, shin, shin up, scramble up, mount


Late 16th century from French, or from Spanish escalada, escalado, from medieval Latin scalare ‘to scale, climb’, from Latin scala ‘ladder’.