ambuscade

ambuscade (n.) 1580s, essentially a variant form of AMBUSH (Cf. ambush) (n.), representing a reborrowing of that French word after it had been Italianized. Ambuscade is from Fr. embuscade (16c.), Gallicized from It. imboscata, lit. "a hiding in the bush," compounded from the same elements as O.Fr. embuscher. Sometimes in English as ambuscado, with faux Spanish ending of the sort popular in 17c.

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  • Ambuscade — Am bus*cade , n. [F. embuscade, fr. It. imboscata, or Sp. emboscada, fr. emboscar to ambush, fr. LL. imboscare. See {Ambush}, v. t.] 1. A lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise. Hence: A lying in wait, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ambuscade — Am bus*cade , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ambuscaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ambuscading}.] 1. To post or conceal in ambush; to ambush. [1913 Webster] 2. To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ambuscade — Am bus*cade , v. i. To lie in ambush. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ambuscade — index cache (hiding place), ensnare, lurk Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ambuscade — *ambush …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ambuscade — [am΄bəs kād′; ] also, esp.for n. [, am′bəs kād΄] n., vt., vi. ambuscaded, ambuscading [Fr embuscade < embusquer, to ambush, altered (after It imboscare) < OFr embuschier: see AMBUSH] AMBUSH ambuscader n …   English World dictionary

  • ambuscade — noun Etymology: Middle French embuscade, modification of Old Italian imboscata, from imboscare to place in ambush, from in (from Latin) + bosco forest, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German busc forest more at in, bush Date: circa 1588… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ambuscade — ambuscader, n. /am beuh skayd , am beuh skayd /, n., v., ambuscaded, ambuscading. n. 1. an ambush. v.i. 2. to lie in ambush. v.t. 3. to attack from a concealed position; ambush. [1575 85; < MF embuscade, alter. (under influence of OF embuschier;… …   Universalium

  • ambuscade — 1. noun An ambush; a trap laid for an enemy. 2. verb To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay …   Wiktionary

  • ambuscade — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I noun An attack or stratagem for capturing or tricking an unsuspecting person: ambush, trap. See ATTACK. II verb To attack suddenly and without warning: ambush, bushwhack, surprise, waylay. See ATTACK …   English dictionary for students

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