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can·​non·​ade ˌka-nə-ˈnād How to pronounce cannonade (audio)
: a heavy fire of artillery
: an attack (as with words) likened to artillery fire : bombardment
The president's decision was attacked with a cannonade of criticism.


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cannonaded; cannonading

transitive verb

: to attack with or as if with artillery

intransitive verb

: to deliver artillery fire

Examples of cannonade in a Sentence

Noun The French directed a cannonade at the British for three hours. the director of the sporting event was greeted at the scene with a cannonade of complaints Verb the artillery cannonaded the enemy encampment all night
Recent Examples on the Web
Artillery cannonade from both sides is heard around the clock. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Fireworks shook the rafters like an incoming cannonade. Kate Bachelder Odell, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2022 The conclusion of your letter makes my heart throb more than a cannonade. CBS News, 9 Aug. 2022 In general, however, the report was a cap-gun ending to an inquiry whose backers hinted would turn up a cannonade of fraud., 24 Sep. 2021 Watson’s cannonade of wonders and statistics sometimes proceeds in almost carnival mood, leading to arbitrary indulgences. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2020 Since his first day on the job, President Trump has signed a cannonade of executive orders and memoranda targeting policies impacting the environment, health care, infrastructure & more. Kevin Corke, Fox News, 14 July 2017
But Americans chose to cannonade each other with pamphlets, not artillery. Joseph Tartakovsky, WSJ, 2 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use


1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1637, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of cannonade was in 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Cannonade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: heavy firing of artillery
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