Definition of ambuscade in English:



  • An ambush.

    • ‘If nothing else, the ambuscade - traditionally dated August 15, 778 - did take place.’
    • ‘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.’
    ambush, lure, decoy, bait
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[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • 1Attack from an ambush.

    • ‘But Rosie broke the compact and ambuscaded the poor fellow.’
    • ‘In 1823 a party under Jones and Immell left Fort Benton for the Three Forks and were ambuscaded on their return trip.’
    • ‘Brown was opposed to the pursuit, and told Patrick he feared they would be 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.’
    • ‘It was evident that the enemy were ambuscaded in great force.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Foraging soldiers from the fort were ambuscaded.’
    snare, entrap, ensnare, enmesh, lay a trap for
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    1. 1.1no object Lie in ambush.
      ‘ambuscaded thousands might swarm up over the embankment’
      • ‘Skirmishing continued the entire night, the enemy ambuscading wherever opportunity offered.’
      • ‘On the remaining side was a ravine in which the ambuscading party was hidden.’
      • ‘The three nations ambuscaded and when the visitors had disembarked they attacked and destroyed them.’
      • ‘At this moment the ambuscading forces made themselves known, and displaying hats on the muzzles of their guns made a showing of twice their actual number.’
      • ‘Accordingly, when they landed the third time, the women were all singing in a house, round which the men were ambuscaded.’


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.