escapade

noun
es·​ca·​pade | \ ˈe-skə-ˌpād How to pronounce escapade (audio) \

Definition of escapade

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

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Synonyms for escapade

Synonyms

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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Gomez and Barry go way back and have often posted about their squad's escapades on social media. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Just Threw Her Best Friend an Incredibly Gorgeous Bridal Shower," 21 Jan. 2019 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's escapades in Australia continue. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Navy Dion Lee Dress and Gucci Bag in Melbourne During Royal Tour," 17 Oct. 2018 Lady Amelia has been keeping her Instagram followers updated on her Spanish escapades with frequent posts from her trip. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Amelia Windsor Hit the Beach in Ibiza and Showed Us How Royals Do Bikinis," 2 Aug. 2018 Photo: Wendy and Lee Bauer The Bauers paid about $1,600 total for their two dining escapades provided by their hotel, a 75-villa resort called Baros. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "We’d Like to Eat in the Middle of the Ocean Tonight," 29 Dec. 2018 Remarque has a remarkable aptitude for sketching scenes of barracks life and extracurricular escapades. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "An Antiwar Classic That Knew No Borders," 7 Dec. 2018 And yes, my parents used to pick up the phone and disrupt my dial-up Internet escapades. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018 In its current manifestation, Shirkers is a beguiling, stranger-than-fiction caper about youthful gumption, older-male coercion, and female friendship gone awry (Tan and Ng have never quite resolved their differences about the escapade). Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Sandi Tan’s Shirkers May Be the Year’s Most Compelling Grifter Story," 15 Oct. 2018 An underage drinking escapade and the headlines that followed were their first indication that as First Children of the United States, they would be held to a different standard than their peers. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Former first daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush head to the Kentucky Center," 26 Oct. 2017

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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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escapade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of escapade

: an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure

escapade

noun
es·​ca·​pade | \ ˈe-skə-ˌpād How to pronounce escapade (audio) \

Kids Definition of escapade

: a daring or reckless adventure

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