: 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
: 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
: to slip away : escape
- … might have mistaken him for … some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.
- —Washington Irving