es·​ca·​pade | \ˈe-skə-ˌpād \

Definition of escapade 

: a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct

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Synonyms for escapade


antic, caper, capriccio, dido, frolic, gag, jest, knavery, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, prank, rag [chiefly British], roguery, shavie [Scottish], shine(s), trick, waggery

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When it was first used in English, "escapade" referred to an act of escaping or fleeing from confinement or restraint. The relationship between "escape" and "escapade" does not end there. Both words derive from the Vulgar Latin verb excappare, meaning "to escape," a product of the Latin prefix ex- and the Late Latin noun cappa, meaning "head covering or cloak." While "escape" took its route through Anglo-French and Middle English, however, "escapade" made its way into English by way of the Spanish escapar ("to escape") and the French escapade.

Examples of escapade in a Sentence

As a teenager he embarked on a series of ill-advised escapades. their escapades at the prep school became the stuff of boarding-school legend

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Lately, the Almay Shadow Squad has been my favorite for my shade-matching escapades. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why the Almay Shadow Squad Is My New Go-To Drugstore Buy," 24 July 2018 Keepers captured the whole escapade on video for social media, noting that the Dairy Queen had not yet opened for human customers and that Berkley was secured to a chain inside a truck, the publication reported. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "This bear got a trip to Dairy Queen. Now her zookeepers are in trouble | The Sacramento Bee," 10 May 2018 Vera’s escapades in Buenos Aires justify the suspension of disbelief. Rayyan Al-shawaf,, "'Who Is Vera Kelly?' by Rosalie Knecht: Brainy, endearing bisexual spy," 13 July 2018 The sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe continued the adventures of the Pevensie siblings' escapades in the magical land of Narnia. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "13 Movies Turning 10 in 2018," 29 Dec. 2017 Their escapades were frustrating police forces from Indiana to the East Coast. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Kill-Crazy' Brady gang tried to out-gangster John Dillinger," 29 June 2018 The column set the date of their escapade on July 16. Adriane Quinlan, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Sharing Frozen Yogurt," 25 June 2018 Robert has been arrested several times for his prior escapades. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "'French Spiderman' Arrested After Trying to Scale a Skyscraper in South Korea," 8 June 2018 These businesses have loyal followings, and the diners who are filling the space with energy share their flavorful escapades across multiple social media platforms. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black chefs hopeful, skeptical as culinary world grows more inclusive," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of escapade

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for escapade

French, action of escaping, from Spanish escapada, from escapar to escape, from Vulgar Latin *excappare

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The first known use of escapade was in 1667

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English Language Learners Definition of escapade

: an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure


es·​ca·​pade | \ˈe-skə-ˌpād \

Kids Definition of escapade

: a daring or reckless adventure

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