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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Archie even hallucinated killing Hiram in the previous episode. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who Shot Hiram? A Look at All of the Possible Suspects on "Riverdale"," 24 Jan. 2019 Watch the clip, above, and stay tuned for more AWOK’d insights in episodes to come. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Anna Wintour Approves of Platform Shoes and Meghan Markle’s Text Messages," 22 Jan. 2019 In this particular episode, Clint, his wife and business partner, Kelly, and other talented craftspeople transformed a family's small bonus room into a 3-in-1 space for sleeping, playing games, and hanging out/watching television. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Triple Bunk Beds Are The Perfect Way To Optimize Space In Small Bedrooms," 18 Jan. 2019 In the final episode of Vox Borders Colombia, Johnny Harris gets to know these families. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 In one episode, Kuwanwisiwma explains the religious significance of the Kiva and how elders used the smoking ceremony to contemplate the power of the universe. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "PBS docuseries ‘Native America’ recreates cultures pre-1492," 23 Oct. 2018 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

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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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