American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic A surprise attack by night.
- n. archaic A nocturnal ambush or surprising act of aggression.
- Spanish encamisado, shirted (Wiktionary)
- Probably from obsolete Spanish encamisado, shirted, surprise attack, from camisa, shirt (so called because the attackers wore white shirts over their armor for identification), from Late Latin camisia, camīsa; see chemise. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At one table sat a gentleman of the name of Faversham, who had ridden on the previous night in that ill-fated camisado that should have resulted in the capture of Cromwell at Spetchley, but which, owing to a betrayal -- when was a Stuart not betrayed and sold?”
“Page 18 next day: but that night I meant to give them in the Iland a camisado, *”
“Yet, considering that trained men and a numerous horse have great advantage by daylight, I should be in favour of a camisado or night onfall. ”
“For a peaceful secretary of a commercial company, with a scratch eleven picked up in the street on a Saturday afternoon, to capture a vessel with a crew of twenty-four, well accustomed to desperate deeds, was 'a sufficient camisado or onfall. ”
“Harte's _History of Gustavus_, a wilderness which mere human patience seems unable to explore, is yet enlivened here and there with a cheerful spot, when he tells us of some scalade or camisado, or speculates on troopers rendered bullet-proof by art-magic.”
“A camisado, or shirt-tumult, every where: stormbell set a-ringing; village-drum beating furious generale, as here at Clermont, under illumination; distracted Patriots pleading and menacing!”
“Duke D'Alva to hazard a _camisado_, or night attack, upon the prince.”
“Iland a camisado, (95) and at the instant to seize vpon all the canoas about the Island, to keepe him from aduertisements.”
“The Prince of Orange being retired into the camp, Julian Romero one of de Alba’s most daring generals, with earnest persuasions, procured licence of the Duke de Alba to hazard a camisado or night attack upon the Prince.”
“[Sidenote: King Richard with a camisado vanquisheth the Cypriots, & chaseth them out of their campe.”
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