Definition of ambuscade in English:



  • An ambush.

    ‘our sensibilities are being battered with reports of killings and ambuscades’
    • ‘The group were active in the late 1980s and used to conduct daring ambuscades on mostly abusive police and local officials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If nothing else, the ambuscade - traditionally dated August 15, 778 - did take place.’
    ambush, lure, decoy, bait
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[with object]archaic
  • Ambush (someone)

    ‘French and his companions were ambuscaded by the Indians’
    • ‘Brown was opposed to the pursuit, and told Patrick he feared they would be ambuscaded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1823 a party under Jones and Immell left Fort Benton for the Three Forks and were ambuscaded on their return trip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was evident that the enemy were ambuscaded in great force.’
    • ‘But Rosie broke the compact and ambuscaded the poor fellow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Foraging soldiers from the fort were ambuscaded.’
    • ‘I again succeeded in ambuscading them, which caused them to give up pursuit for the night.’
    • ‘Colbert hastily collected the old men and boys of the tribe, and ambuscaded the Creeks so successfully that not one of them escaped.’
    snare, entrap, ensnare, enmesh, lay a trap for
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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.