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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Interspersed between Violet’s escapades are flashbacks detailing her trying relationship with her father. Daily Pilot, "On Theater: ‘Violet’ wilts on Costa Mesa stage," 21 Oct. 2019 Told by her and her twelve maids from beyond the grave, Penelope’s story varies little from the classic tale told by Homer, except in pointing out that there are other explanations for the heroic escapades. cleveland, "Pittsburgh Tree of Life community visits for gun safety event; Shaker Historical Society’s Movers and Shakers benefit is Nov. 2; more: Press Run," 4 Oct. 2019 The trip — from Ilwaco, Washington, to San Francisco — was the latest escapade from the 39-year-old long-distance ocean rower, who is training for a mega-row across the Pacific Ocean next spring. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Oakland’s sheds-for-homeless program — how effective is it?," 30 Sep. 2019 Marty was a gifted story teller who delighted his young nieces and nephews with an evolving cast of characters and their escapades., "Deaths in South Florida: 9/25," 25 Sep. 2019 The president-elect was adamant only that prostitutes were not involved, not that an escapade of this kind was inconceivable. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump Was Always the Target of the Russia Investigation," 30 Aug. 2019 The movie is part fish-out-of-water tale, part Indiana Jones-esque escapade, as Dora leaves the South American jungle to navigate the social cliques and adolescent anxieties of a Los Angeles high school. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ brings positive Latino roles to the big screen," 8 Aug. 2019 Interviewees have laughed when reflecting on initial homebrewing escapades and cried remembering mentors who have passed away. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 Aside from their backyard pool escapades, the mother-and-son duo has gone through a lot together this past year. Joelle Goldstein,, "Selma Blair Shares Emotional Post About Her Son Getting Older Amid MS Journey: 'The Best It Gets'," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Escapade.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of escapade

: an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure


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

Kids Definition of escapade

: a daring or reckless adventure

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