Definition of episode
1 : a usually brief unit of action in a dramatic or literary work: 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
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.
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
First Known Use: 1678
Synonym Discussion of episode
EPISODE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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>
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