• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Camisade (Mil) A shirt worn by soldiers over their uniform, in order to be able to recognize one another in a night attack. "Give them a camisado in night season."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n camisade An attack by surprise at night or at break of day: probably so called because made by soldiers wearing shirts over their armor, in order that they might be recognized by their friends in the dark.
    • n camisade A shirt worn by soldiers over their armor in a night attack to enable them to recognize one another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Camisade kam-i-sād′ a night attack, probably because shirts were often put on over the armour
    • Camisade Also Camisad′o
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. camisade, a night attack; cf. It. camiciata,. See Camis


In literature:

I thought there had been a camisade.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
There should be sport of every kind; the youths in white arrayed Were, to the ladies all unknown, to lead the camisade.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous