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 That time, as Ali would soon learn, the escapade didn’t harm his chances. New York Times, "Leon Spinks, Boxer Who Took Ali’s Crown and Lost It, Dies at 67," 6 Feb. 2021 On humanity’s side, at least, is Kong’s relationship with tiny human child Jia (Kaylee Hottle), who hopefully can communicate with the gigantic simian from a safe distance during this whole escapade. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong Trailer: Our Money’s on Kong," 24 Jan. 2021 Robert Mancuso, the Department of Transportation investigator who tracked Haghighi for years as the con man fooled authorities while using many aliases, including Nader Schruder, learned about the latest escapade and sent an e-mail to FAA officials., "Flight plan for Failure," 13 Jan. 2021 New Mexico teenagers, winningly played by Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick, attempt to decipher a mysterious thrumming noise in this playful microbudget sci-fi escapade. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "From ‘American Utopia’ to ‘Ma Rainey’: The 10 best films of 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 In each show, a fearless traveler shares his or her adrenaline-pumping escapade, such as a 5,000-mile expedition through the Middle East, great white shark cage diving in Australia and a rickshaw race across India. Washington Post, "With travel podcasts, explore the world through your ear buds," 11 Dec. 2020 Her every public statement, personal financial decision, college-era escapade, academic opinion, religious belief, political comment and judicial ruling will come under searing scrutiny. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Supreme Court battles symbolize an age when political opponents are also sworn ideological enemies," 27 Sep. 2020 Along also on this escapade was an 11-month-old Labrador retriever who was making his hunting-trip debut. Star Tribune, "The dawn of mourning dove season arrives," 3 Sep. 2020 Her seemingly makeup-free face is often covered in dirt and soot from her latest escapade. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "The Future of Diversity and Inclusion in Video Games," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2021

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“Escapade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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