Definition of escapade
: a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct
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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 of escapade from the Web
The backlash to Clinton’s sexual escapades and slippery character contributed to the election of the evangelical George W. Bush.
Bad Genius ultimately is more about the escapade than its consequences, showing that bad things continue to happen in this crooked world.
The season’s first two episodes are directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), and are instantly reminiscent of the almost clinically staged film, making Jean’s escapades feel bloodless and boring.
A Thief’s End is studio Naughty Dog’s latest fortune-hunting escapade for PlayStation 4, but this time the protagonists are both women, including a character we haven’t seen since Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
As the voiceover announced, the year is 1991, and camp owner Janeane Garofalo is ready to sell the camp, to the horror of the campers and counselors who harbor fond memories for their escapades at Firewood in times past.
For her outdoor escapade, Gaga wore a black maxi skirt, a black, ruffled off-the-shoulder top, and nude stilettos.
In the tradition of all great buddy escapades, amid the plot twists lies a fine bromance (well, a bit more than that, actually).
The money is central to the absurd defense of Michael Flynn and the preposterous alleged double-naught escapades of the Dauphin with the Russian ambassador.
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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: 1667See Words from the same year
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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