episode

noun
ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd also -ˌzōd \

Definition of episode

1 : a usually brief unit of action in a dramatic or literary work: such as
a : the part of an ancient Greek tragedy between two choric songs
b : a developed situation that is integral to but separable from a continuous narrative : incident
c : one of a series of loosely connected stories or scenes
d : the part of a serial presented at one performance
2 : an event that is distinctive and separate although part of a larger series
3 : a digressive subdivision in a musical composition

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Choose the Right Synonym for episode

occurrence, event, incident, episode, circumstance mean something that happens or takes place. occurrence may apply to a happening without intent, volition, or plan. an encounter that was a chance occurrence event usually implies an occurrence of some importance and frequently one having antecedent cause. the events following the assassination incident suggests an occurrence of brief duration or secondary importance. a minor wartime incident episode stresses the distinctiveness or apartness of an incident. a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work circumstance implies a specific detail attending an action or event as part of its setting or background. couldn't recall the exact circumstances

Examples of episode in a Sentence

It was a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work. He tried to forget the whole embarrassing episode. a painful episode from my childhood Millions of people are expected to watch the show's final episode.
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After nine episodes of stalking and murder, Beck finally became privy to Joe's behavior and tried to GTFO. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "If This You Fan Theory Is True, It Would Change Everything," 16 Jan. 2019 Related The San Francisco Fed paper took a look at state-level job markets, given that there have been episodes of sub-4% unemployment in some states. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Big Wage Gains Are Unlikely, San Francisco Fed Says," 14 Jan. 2019 Next Sunday, the final two episodes of the series will air. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "CNN’s American Style Chronicles How the Kennedys Shaped the Look of the 1960s," 13 Jan. 2019 Jenny’s house—and its casual, coastal feel—was exactly what that particular episode’s featured couple was looking for. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, ""How A 'Property Brothers' Episode Changed My Life"," 12 Jan. 2019 But there was one in particular on Thursday's episode that really got to co-host Abby Huntsman and led to her sharing a recent upsetting experience. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Abby Huntsman Got Super Emotional About Being Body-Shamed," 11 Jan. 2019 Per Deadline, each episode will run for half an hour and will focus its plot on a different topic. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Dylan O'Brien and Auli'i Cravalho's New Show "Weird City" Has Its First Trailer," 10 Jan. 2019 The whole thing is very film noir, which may connect to the noir episode coming later this season. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Secret Signs in the New "Riverdale" Trailer That Prove Season 3 Part 2 Will Be Epic," 10 Jan. 2019 The Gatwick drone episode proved confounding for a number of reasons, largely because authorities had no specific protocol for dealing with the UAV in such a sensitive environment. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Another Drone Sighting Shuts Down the UK's Busiest Airport," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of episode

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for episode

Greek epeisodion, from neuter of epeisodios coming in besides, from epi- + eisodios coming in, from eis into (akin to Greek en in) + hodos road, journey — more at in

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episode

noun

English Language Learners Definition of episode

: an event or a short period of time that is important or unusual

: a television show, radio show, etc., that is one part of a series

: an occurrence of an illness

episode

noun
ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd \

Kids Definition of episode

1 : an event or one of a series of events that stands out clearly I'm trying to forget the whole embarrassing episode.
2 : one in a series of connected stories or performances

episode

noun
ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈep-ə-ˌsōd also -ˌzōd\

Medical Definition of episode

: an event that is distinctive and separate although part of a larger series especially : an occurrence of a usually recurrent pathological abnormal condition a manic episode hypoglycemic episodes

Other Words from episode

episodic \ ˌep-​ə-​ˈsäd-​ik also -​ˈzäd-​ \ adjective
episodically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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