cam·​i·​sa·​do ˌka-mə-ˈsā-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce camisado (audio) -ˈsä- How to pronounce camisado (audio)
plural camisadoes
: an attack by night

Word History


probably borrowed from Middle French camisade (with suffix conformed to Spanish -ado, used in comparable words), borrowed from an Upper Italian outcome of Italian (Tuscan) camiciata "night attack, originally one in which the assailants wear white shirts over their armor as a means of recognition," from camicia "shirt" (going back to Late Latin camīsia) + -ata, suffix of action and result — more at chemise, -ade

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camisado was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Camisado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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