Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: embuschier, from en 'in' + busche 'wood'

ambush

noun
     
am‧bush [uncountable and countable]
a sudden attack on someone by people who have been hiding and waiting for them, or the place where this happens:
The soldiers were killed in an ambush.
In winter the danger of ambush is much reduced.
lie/wait in ambush
Armed police lay in ambush behind the hedge.
ambush verb [transitive]
Everybody thought our train would be ambushed, but we got out safely.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary