\ i-ˈlōp How to pronounce elope (audio) \
eloped; eloping

Definition of elope

intransitive verb

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 Gilbert
b : 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from elope

elopement \ i-​ˈlōp-​mənt How to pronounce elopement (audio) \ noun
eloper noun

Examples of elope in a Sentence

The couple eloped in the middle of the night.

Recent Examples on the Web

The day after her Reno divorce in 1944, Vanderbilt eloped to Mexico with Stokowski, who was 62 to her 20. Elaine Woo, latimes.com, "Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, socialite and fashion entrepreneur, dies at 95," 17 June 2019 The couple eloped in Newport Beach two years later, on a Thanksgiving Day in 1997. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Lori Loughlin and Her Husband Mossimo Giannulli Became Involved in the College Admissions Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019 The couple first met in 2013 and eloped three years later. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Complete Timeline of Jordan Peele and Wife Chelsea Peretti's Low-Key Relationship," 8 Apr. 2019 Following her divorce to industry executive Michael R. Burns, a young Loughlin eloped to fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli on Thanksgiving Day 1997. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About Lori Loughlin's Kids, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose," 12 Mar. 2019 The couple got engaged in December 2005 and eloped three days later. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Dierks Bentley and Cassidy Black Went From Childhood Sweethearts to Husband and Wife," 13 Nov. 2018 The two eloped in Las Vegas, and got divorced a few years later in 2004. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Well Do You Know Kim Kardashian's Love Life?," 26 Feb. 2019 Last month, Ripa shared amazing throwback photos of her 1996 wedding to Consuelos -- when the two eloped in Las Vegas -- to celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary. Fox News, "Kelly Ripa slams troll who questioned her work ethic after she shared vacation photos," 2 Oct. 2018 John Steinbeck, the prolific Pultizer Prize-winning author, lived in this cute California cottage during the 1940s after eloping with his wife, Carol Henning. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "You'll Never Guess Which Classic American Author's Cottage is for Rent," 10 July 2015

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'elope.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of elope

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for elope

Anglo-French aloper, esloper to abduct, run away

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about elope

Statistics for elope

Last Updated

23 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for elope

The first known use of elope was in 1628

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for elope



English Language Learners Definition of elope

: to run away secretly to get married


\ i-ˈlōp How to pronounce elope (audio) \
eloped; eloping

Kids Definition of elope

: to run away to be married

Other Words from elope

elopement \ -​mənt \ noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on elope

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with elope

Spanish Central: Translation of elope

Nglish: Translation of elope for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of elope for Arabic Speakers

Comments on elope

What made you want to look up elope? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!