Verb ambuscade Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


ambuscade (third-person singular simple present ambuscades, present participle ambuscading, simple past and past participle ambuscaded)

  1. (dated) To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.

More definition: ambush. lie in ambush. attack from a concealed position; ambush.

1. an ambush verb

2. to ambush or lie in ambush Word OriginC16, from French embuscade, from Old Italian imboscata, probably of Germanic origin; compare ambushCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1580s, essentially a variant form of ambush (n.), representing a reborrowing of that French word after it had been Italianized. Ambuscade is from French embuscade (16c.), Gallicized from Italian imboscata, literally "a hiding in the bush," compounded from the same elements as Old French embuscher. Sometimes in English as ambuscado, with faux Spanish ending of the sort popular in 17c.


The base of the very mixed and evershifting population in these parts were the Vlachs (Rumanians), perhaps the descendants of Trajan's colonists, who, under their voivode, Bazarad, led King Charles into an ambuscade from which he barely escaped with his life (Nov.

Dirk offered a stout resistance, but, according to the most trustworthy account, was enticed into an ambuscade and was killed in the fight (1049).

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