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 Mysterious shapes in the shrubbery add humor to this puckish escapade for children ages 3-6. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 27 May 2022 Since his escapade, Dillon has inspired peers to put pencil to paper. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Apr. 2022 His wife, the girl of his childhood, the accomplice in his American escapade, had died. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 For many, the days of dusting off your passport, heading abroad and traversing a foreign country on a summer escapade haven’t happened since at least 2019. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2022 The play, with a top-rank cast including Jane Kaczmarek, E. Faye Butler and Eugene Lee, does aspire to something more textured and thought-provoking than your basic 30-minute escapade-with-a-laugh-track. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The latest escapade is yet another original and provides an unfamiliar opportunity for a program in only a decade of existence. Evan Dudley, al, 17 Feb. 2022 Sure, Newsom survived his French Laundry escapade, then brazenly performed an encore at the NFC Championship game in Los Angeles, where he was photographed maskless indoors among celebrities. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 Feb. 2022 Luann and Ramona learn about Sonja’s escapade with a party guest; Leah re-connects with her siblings for the first time since their grandmother’s funeral; Eboni receives DNA results. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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

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: a daring or reckless adventure

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