can·​non·​ade | \ ˌka-nə-ˈnād How to pronounce cannonade (audio) \

Definition of cannonade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy fire of artillery
2 : an attack (as with words) likened to artillery fire : bombardment The president's decision was attacked with a cannonade of criticism.


cannonaded; cannonading

Definition of cannonade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to attack with or as if with artillery

intransitive verb

: to deliver artillery fire

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Cartographers of Stone and Air," 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, "Trump's regulatory czar could have a major impact on how Americans work and live in the future," 14 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Americans chose to cannonade each other with pamphlets, not artillery. Joseph Tartakovsky, WSJ, "The Culture That Sustains America’s Constitution," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of cannonade


1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1637, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of cannonade was in 1562

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“Cannonade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cannonade

: an attack with cannons that continues for a long time

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