es·​ca·​pade | \ ˈe-skə-ˌpād \

Definition of escapade

: a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for escapade


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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.

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

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 Remarque has a remarkable aptitude for sketching scenes of barracks life and extracurricular escapades. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "An Antiwar Classic That Knew No Borders," 7 Dec. 2018 And yes, my parents used to pick up the phone and disrupt my dial-up Internet escapades. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018 In its current manifestation, Shirkers is a beguiling, stranger-than-fiction caper about youthful gumption, older-male coercion, and female friendship gone awry (Tan and Ng have never quite resolved their differences about the escapade). Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Sandi Tan’s Shirkers May Be the Year’s Most Compelling Grifter Story," 15 Oct. 2018 An underage drinking escapade and the headlines that followed were their first indication that as First Children of the United States, they would be held to a different standard than their peers. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Former first daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush head to the Kentucky Center," 26 Oct. 2017 Varvel said readers may not have seen the last of the outlandish escapades of the nation’s leaders. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar cartoonist Gary Varvel illustrates Benjamin Harrison book," 3 July 2018 In fact, keeping up with Pete and Ariana’s ink escapades can border on practically being an Olympic sport. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande Got Another Set of Matching Tattoos," 21 Sep. 2018 Lately, the Almay Shadow Squad has been my favorite for my shade-matching escapades. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why the Almay Shadow Squad Is My New Go-To Drugstore Buy," 24 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'escapade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about escapade

Listen to Our Podcast about escapade

Statistics for escapade

Last Updated

8 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for escapade

The first known use of escapade was in 1667

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for escapade



English Language Learners Definition of escapade

: an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure


es·​ca·​pade | \ ˈe-skə-ˌpād \

Kids Definition of escapade

: a daring or reckless adventure

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on escapade

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with escapade

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for escapade

Spanish Central: Translation of escapade

Nglish: Translation of escapade for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of escapade for Arabic Speakers

Comments on escapade

What made you want to look up escapade? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!