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  1. (Military History) A signal sounded on a drum or trumpet inviting a parley.
  • 1762: But when the was beat, and the corporal helped my uncle up it, and followed with the colours in his hand, to fix them upon the ramparts " Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. 6 (Penguin 2003, p.402)
    Etymology: From French French, chamade, from Portuguese chamada, from chamar, from Latin clamare.

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