40 Words Ending in “-ade”
A number of words share the inflected ending -ade, which denotes an action or something that performs an action or function. The following comprehensive but not exhaustive list includes definitions of forty such words (and the meaning of each root word).
1. accolade (“embrace”): an award, praise, or ceremonial embrace or salute
2. ambuscade (“in forest”): an ambush
3. arcade (“arch”): an arched building, gallery, avenue, or passageway, or series of arches, or a business where coin-operated games are played
4. balustrade (“small pillar”): a row of vertical balusters, or railing supports, topped by a railing, or a low barrier
5. barricade (“barrel”): a barrier or obstacle, especially one built up to deter an enemy (also a verb meaning “block” or “prevent access”)
6. blockade (“block”): blocking of access or egress by military force (also a verb meaning “block to prevent access or egress by military force,” or simply “block” or “obstruct”)
7. brigade (“troop”): a large subdivision of an army
8. brocade (“little nail”): silk fabric with gold or silver weaved in (also a verb meaning “weave gold or silver with silk”)
9. cannonade (“tube”): a discharge of cannon
10. carronade (proper name Carron): a short cannon
11. cascade (“fall”): a waterfall, especially one in a series, or arrangement or occurrence of a succession of stages, or something falling or rushing (also a verb meaning “fall, pour, or rush in or as if in a cascade”)
12. cavalcade (“horse”): a parade of troops or other people mounted on horses, or simply a parade
13. charade (“chat”): a deceptive or empty act, or nonwritten clues about a word; charades is a game in which players try to guess a word or phrase represented by another player’s actions
14. chiffonade (“crumple”): finely cut or shredded herbs or vegetables
15. colonnade (“column”): a series of regularly spaced supporting columns
16. crusade (“cross”): a series of military expeditions to assert the influence of Christian nations in the Middle East (capitalized when referred to as “the Crusades”), or an enthusiastic effort to solve a problem (as a verb, meaning “engage in a crusade”)
17. decade (“ten”): a period of ten years, a group or set of ten, or a 10-to-1 order of magnitude
18. enfilade (“thread”): gunfire along the length of an enemy line of battle, or a series of rooms (as a verb, “fire along the length of a line of battle”)
19. escalade (“ladder”): an act of scaling fortification walls (also a verb meaning “scale fortification walls”)
20. escapade (“escape”): an unapproved or unconventional adventure
21. esplanade (“level”): an expanse of level ground, especially for walking or driving along a shore
22. facade (“face”): a front of a building, or any surface given special architectural treatment; also, an artificial or false appearance or effect
23. fanfaronade (“braggart”): bluster
24. fusillade (“steel for striking fire”): simultaneous or rapidly consecutive firing or throwing of projectiles, or a critical outburst
25. gasconade (“Gascon,” a person of Basque heritage): a boast or bluster
26. glissade (“slide”): a standing or squatting slide down a snowy slope, or a gliding ballet step (also a verb meaning, in either sense, “perform a glissade”)
27. harlequinade (“clown”): pantomime or play featuring the comic-relief stock commedia dell’arte character Harlequin
28. lemonade (“lemon”): a beverage made with lemonade, water, and a sweetener (also, limeade, orangeade, etc.)
29. marinade (“liquid”): a flavoring and/or tenderizing sauce (also a verb meaning “flavor and/or tenderize with sauce”)
30. marmalade (“quince”): jelly with pieces of fruit and fruit rind
31. masquerade (“mask”): a costume party or a costume for such a party, or an action or appearance designed to mislead (also a verb meaning “disguise” or “pretend”)
32. motorcade (“move”): a procession of vehicles
33. palisade (“stake”): a long, pointed stake, or a fence made of such stakes, or a line of cliffs resembling one
34. parade (“prepare”): a procession or ceremonial formation, a location for such a formation or for strolling, or a showy display (also a verb meaning “maneuver,” “march,” or “stroll” or “show off”)
35. pomade (“apple”): a perfumed hair treatment or other ointment
36. promenade (“stroll”): a stroll or a place for strolling, a ceremonial march at a formal dance, or a square dance figure (also a verb meaning “stroll”); the abbreviation prom refers to a dance event
37. renegade (“deny”): one who changes allegiance or who does not follow traditional behavior
38. serenade (“calm”): a courting song, or, in general, a free performance, or a song presented as such, or an instrumental composition in several movements
39. stockade (“stake”): a tall fence for defense or enclosure (also a verb meaning “fortify” or “surround”)
40. tirade (“shoot”): a long, angry speech
Ballad (originally ballade, meaning “dance”), meaning “romantic or sentimental song,” or “narrative rhymed verse,” is in this category of terms. Also, words ending in -ado denote a person performing an action, as seen, for example, in commando and desperado, or an active phenomenon, such as in the case of tornado.
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