ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd How to pronounce episode (audio) also -ˌzōd How to pronounce episode (audio) \

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Two major elements of Friday's latest episode of The Mandalorian has some fans rather excited, but others a bit perplexed. James Hibberd, EW.com, "The Mandalorian: Those dark stormtroopers and mysterious green tanks, explained," 20 Nov. 2020 The blue-skinned Mythrol (SNL alum Horatio Sanz), from the show’s very first episode, makes a return here, too. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian recap: 'The Siege'," 20 Nov. 2020 Research shows that if an AED is applied to someone within the first three minutes of a cardiac episode, the survival rate is nearly 90 percent, the lawsuit says. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Lawsuit: Defibrillator would have saved high school soccer player's life," 20 Nov. 2020 In fact, the restaurant’s original location in Watauga, Texas was featured on the television show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive, and in the episode host Guy Fieri cooks this dish with Franson. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Try these Thanksgiving recipes from Colleyville restaurants," 19 Nov. 2020 The series just wrapped its fourth season, and every episode dives into the joys of Blackness in America. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris represents America’s ethnic future, and the need to talk about colorism now," 19 Nov. 2020 Season two has a particularly strong episode about the trauma Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, suffered as a youth, including his pregnant sister and her family perishing in a plane crash in the 1930s. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'The Crown' offers some valuable life lessons," 19 Nov. 2020 Chávez said her final turn as Ashley makes for a fun, cool Christmas episode. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio actress Paulina Chávez stars in new Lifetime holiday movie with Mario Lopez," 19 Nov. 2020 After 20 months on the ground, Boeing’s 737 Max will soon fly again, ending a tragic episode that cost 346 people their lives and did serious damage to the big U.S. jet builder. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared by F.A.A. to Fly Again," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of episode was in 1678

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Episode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episode. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce episode (audio) How to pronounce episode (audio)

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


ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd How to pronounce episode (audio) \

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


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 How to pronounce episodically (audio) \ adverb

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