[am-buh-skeyd, am-buh-skeyd]
an ambush.
verb (used without object), ambuscaded, ambuscading.
to lie in ambush.
verb (used with object), ambuscaded, ambuscading.
to attack from a concealed position; ambush.

1575–85; < Middle French embuscade, alteration (under influence of Old French embuschier; see ambush) of Middle French emboscade < Old Italian imboscata, feminine past participle of imboscare, verbal derivative with in- in-2 of bosco wood, forest < Germanic *bosk- bush1

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ambuscade (ˌæmbəˈskeɪd)
1.  an ambush
2.  to ambush or lie in ambush
[C16: from French embuscade, from Old Italian imboscata, probably of Germanic origin; compare ambush]

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Word Origin & History

1580s, variant form of ambush (q.v.); a reborrowing of a Fr. word after it had been Italianized; from Fr. embuscade (16c.), Gallicized from It. imboscata, lit. "a hiding in the bush," compounded from the same elements as O.Fr. embuscher. Sometimes ambuscado, with faux Sp. ending popular in Eng. 17c.
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Example sentences
The enemy were in ambuscade, and reserved their fire until the advance was within fifty yards.
He at tributes the story to a well executed ambuscade.
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