An ambuscade is a surprise attack. There's nothing funnier than watching your cat lie in wait behind the couch until your dog wanders over, only to be startled by the cat's ambuscade.

While ambuscade is a bit old-fashioned, it's a perfectly good way to say ambush. Soldiers in battle conduct strategic ambuscades, and you may also enjoy using an ambuscade against your brother now and then, leaping out from behind a door to make him jump. It can also be used as a verb: "The dog is surprised every single time the cat ambuscades him."

Definitions of ambuscade

n the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

ambush, lying in wait, trap
the act of killing from ambush
Type of:
coup de main, surprise attack
an attack without warning

v wait in hiding to attack

ambush, bushwhack, lie in wait, lurk, scupper, waylay
Type of:
stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

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