episode

noun ep·i·sode \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd also -ˌzōd \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

Examples of episode in a Sentence

  1. It was a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work.

  2. He tried to forget the whole embarrassing episode.

  3. a painful episode from my childhood

  4. Millions of people are expected to watch the show's final episode.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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EPISODE Defined for English Language Learners

episode

noun

Definition of episode for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

episode

noun ep·i·sode \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd \

Definition of episode for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

episodic

\ˌep-ə-ˈsäd-ik also -ˈzäd-\ adjective

episodically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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