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ambuscade

[am-buh-skeyd, am-buh-skeyd] /ˈæm bəˌskeɪd, ˌæm bəˈskeɪd/
noun
1.
an ambush.
verb (used without object), ambuscaded, ambuscading.
2.
to lie in ambush.
verb (used with object), ambuscaded, ambuscading.
3.
to attack from a concealed position; ambush.
Origin
1575-1585
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
Related forms
ambuscader, noun
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ambuscade

ambuscade

/ˌæmbəˈskeɪd/
noun
1.
an ambush
verb
2.
to ambush or lie in ambush
Word Origin
C16: from French embuscade, from Old Italian imboscata, probably of Germanic origin; compare ambush
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Word Origin and History for ambuscade
n.

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.

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