- An ambush is defined as a surprise attack by someone, or something that was hidden.
An example of an ambush is an unexpected military raid of a house.
- The definition of an ambush is an area in which someone hid before attacking someone.
An example of an ambush is a trench in which soldiers are concealed before attacking.
- Ambush means to attack by surprise.
An example of ambush is when soldiers from a Navy boat secretly empty onto a beach in the middle of the night in order to attack.
- a deployment of persons in hiding to make a surprise attack
- the persons in hiding
- their place of hiding
- the act of so lying in wait to attack
- a surprise attack made by persons waiting in ambush
Origin of ambushOld French embusche from embuschier: see ambushthe transitive verbintransitive verb
- to hide in ambush
- to attack from ambush
Origin of ambushME embusshen < OFr embuschier, to lay an ambush < ML *imboscare < in-, in- + boscus, woods < Frank busk, akin to bush
- A sudden attack made from a concealed position.
- a. Those hiding in order to attack by surprise: The captain stationed an ambush near the harbor.b. The hiding place used for such an attack: “Uncle Harm had hunted the way Trapper did—on foot, stalking and laying traps, shooting from ambush” ( Rick Bass )
transitive verbam·bushed, am·bush·ing, am·bush·es
Origin of ambushMiddle English embushen to place in concealment among bushes, lay in wait from Old French embuschier from Frankish boscu bush, woods
- The act of concealing oneself and lying in wait to attack by surprise.
- An attack launched from a concealed position.
- The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; those who lie in wait.
(third-person singular simple present ambushes, present participle ambushing, simple past and past participle ambushed)
- To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.
- To attack by ambush; to waylay.
From Old French embusche (noun), embushier, embuissier (verb), from Old French em- + Vulgar Latin boscus, bosca, boscum (“wood”), from Frankish *boscu, *busk (“bush”), from Proto-Germanic *busk- (“bush, heavy stick”). Compare ambuscade. The change to am- from earlier forms in en- is unexplained. More at bush.