Definition of elope
1a : to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent … Waterman was a peevish child who grew into a defiant teenager, eloped at 18 largely to shock his father, and then—far too young—was a father himself. — Elizabeth Gilbertb : to run away from one's husband with a lover “ … when they had been married nearly seven years, and were within a few weeks of the time when the brother's death would have adjusted all, she eloped with a younger man, and left him.” — Charles Dickens
2 : to slip away : escape … might have mistaken him for … some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield. — Washington Irving
elopementplay \i-ˈlōp-mənt\ noun
Examples of elope in a Sentence
The couple eloped in the middle of the night.
Recent Examples of elope from the Web
The war began when a prince of Troy eloped with the king of Sparta’s wife, Helen.
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Origin and Etymology of elope
Anglo-French aloper, esloper to abduct, run away
First Known Use: 1628See Words from the same year
ELOPE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elope for English Language Learners
: to run away secretly to get married
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Definition of elope for Students
: to run away to be married
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