Definition of pavisade in US English:

pavisade

(also pavesade)

noun

historical
  • Originally: a defence or screen made of pavises or other shields joined in a continuous line (either in land warfare or on board ship). In later use also: a screen of canvas erected around the sides of a ship to protect and conceal the crew.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From Middle French, French pavesade from Italian pavesata from pavese + -ata.

Pronunciation

pavisade

/ˌpavɪˈseɪd/