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


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


the artillery cannonaded the enemy encampment all night
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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English Language Learners Definition of cannonade

: an attack with cannons that continues for a long time

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