Definition of escapade
: a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct
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>
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of escapade
French, action of escaping, from Spanish escapada, from escapar to escape, from Vulgar Latin *excappare
First Known Use: 1667
ESCAPADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of escapade for English Language Learners
: an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure
ESCAPADE Defined for Kids
Definition of escapade for Students
: a daring or reckless adventure
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