Definition of escalade in US English:



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

    • ‘Ultimately, using the escalade as a form of attack proved too expensive and difficult to implement in all but the weakest castle sieges.’
    • ‘During an escalade a large number of ladders are required.’
    • ‘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
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Late 16th century: from French, or from Spanish escalada, escalado, from medieval Latin scalare ‘to scale, climb’, from Latin scala ‘ladder’.