escapade

noun
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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Synonyms for escapade

Synonyms

antic, caper, capriccio, dido, frolic, gag, jest, knavery, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, prank, rag [chiefly British], roguery, shavie [Scottish], shine(s), trick, waggery

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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

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Their escapades and trespasses across the globe inspired what? Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Are You, or Have You Ever Been, an American?," 4 June 2019 Curry was the decoy in the escapade, distracting the hostess while Rossiter jumped in the water and tried to grab one of the koi fish. Steve Reed, The Seattle Times, "NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 But Kinsler, now playing second base following his base-running escapades, let him off the hook in the bottom half. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018 Avan’s Ulysses and his group of friends are all navigating a world full of dating escapades, career pursuits, and giant aliens that may or may not be taking over the world after an explosion in the sky. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Avan Jogia on the Delightful Absurdity of "Now Apocalypse," Why Fans Can't Let Go of "Victorious," and His Poetry Book "Mixed Feelings"," 31 Mar. 2019 Gomez and Barry go way back and have often posted about their squad's escapades on social media. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Just Threw Her Best Friend an Incredibly Gorgeous Bridal Shower," 21 Jan. 2019 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's escapades in Australia continue. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Navy Dion Lee Dress and Gucci Bag in Melbourne During Royal Tour," 17 Oct. 2018 Lady Amelia has been keeping her Instagram followers updated on her Spanish escapades with frequent posts from her trip. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Amelia Windsor Hit the Beach in Ibiza and Showed Us How Royals Do Bikinis," 2 Aug. 2018 Photo: Wendy and Lee Bauer The Bauers paid about $1,600 total for their two dining escapades provided by their hotel, a 75-villa resort called Baros. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "We’d Like to Eat in the Middle of the Ocean Tonight," 29 Dec. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of escapade

: an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure

escapade

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

Kids Definition of escapade

: a daring or reckless adventure

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