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


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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Aside from their backyard pool escapades, the mother-and-son duo has gone through a lot together this past year. Joelle Goldstein,, "Selma Blair Shares Emotional Post About Her Son Getting Older Amid MS Journey: 'The Best It Gets'," 28 Aug. 2019 Now Garner has become a social media sensation in recent years after joining Instagram, where fans can follow along on her kitchen escapades and her sweet friendship with Ina Garten. Cady Lang, Time, "Jennifer Garner Confirms Her Love of Sweatpants with a Kiss," 12 July 2019 This marks the latest of the Beckhams' summer escapades in Europe. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Live Their Best Lives on a Yacht with Elton John and David Furnish," 26 Aug. 2019 According to the 1865 biography, Cushman was embraced by Confederate circles and began spying for the Union, with storied escapades like wearing men’s clothing to intermingle with rebels. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Actress Who Left the Stage to Become a Civil War Spy," 12 Aug. 2019 Summer is in full swing, which means days at the beach, camping trips, and other outdoor escapades. Elizabeth King, Allure, "Why Mosquitos Bite Some People More Than Others," 8 Aug. 2019 But how do the sextuplets — Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Joel, Hannah, and Leah —feel about their mom's dating escapades? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Kate Plus Date' Star Kate Gosselin Gets Real About Not "Accepting Singleness" After Divorcing Jon," 8 July 2019 The first issue of the new series throws back to that type of storytelling, putting Jimmy through a ringer of several different escapades before pointing at a potentially darker mystery. Christian Holub,, "5 comics to read this July: Reimagining classic concepts," 3 July 2019 The aunt exposed her mother’s escapades and won custody of a child left traumatized. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95; Built a Fashion Empire," 17 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of escapade

: an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure


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

Kids Definition of escapade

: a daring or reckless adventure

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