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escapade

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noun es·ca·pade \ˈes-kə-ˌpād\

Simple Definition of escapade

  • : an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of escapade

  1. :  a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct

Examples of escapade in a sentence

  1. As a teenager he embarked on a series of ill-advised escapades.

  2. <their escapades at the prep school became the stuff of boarding-school legend>



Did You Know?

When it was first used in English, "escapade" referred to an act of escaping or fleeing from confinement or restraint. The relationship between "escape" and "escapade" does not end there. Both words derive from the Vulgar Latin verb excappare, meaning "to escape," a product of the Latin prefix ex- and the Late Latin noun cappa, meaning "head covering or cloak." While "escape" took its route through Anglo-French and Middle English, however, "escapade" made its way into English by way of the Spanish escapar ("to escape") and the French escapade.

Origin of escapade

French, action of escaping, from Spanish escapada, from escapar to escape, from Vulgar Latin *excappare


First Known Use: 1667


ESCAPADE Defined for Kids

escapade

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noun es·ca·pade \ˈe-skə-ˌpād\

Definition of escapade for Students

  1. :  a daring or reckless adventure





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