es·​cap·​ee i-ˌskā-ˈpē How to pronounce escapee (audio)
: one that has escaped
especially : an escaped prisoner

Examples of escapee in a Sentence

an escapee from the local jail
Recent Examples on the Web Next week, he is set to become a South Korean lawmaker, becoming only the fourth escapee from authoritarian North Korea to serve in the democratic South’s legislature. Michelle Lee, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel were allegedly thrown overboard after the escapees from a Grenada prison hijacked their yacht and fled about 70 miles to the island of St. Vincent. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 8 Mar. 2024 The young escapees have had a smoother transition into South Korean society than older defectors who struggled to adapt to capitalism. Michelle Lee, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 The escapees ranged from individuals imprisoned over petty crimes to several notorious gang leaders. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 3 Mar. 2024 Ralph Hendry, 66, and his wife, Kathy Brandel, 71, were kidnapped on Feb. 18 when the escapees hijacked their yacht docked near the shores of tourist hotspot Grand Anse Beach in Grenada, according to Junior Simmons, superintendent of police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 27 Feb. 2024 Police have said the escapees boarded the boat while it was docked in the St. George area of Grenada. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2024 The women’s owner, Stephen Nuckolls, set out with a mob to capture the escapees. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Strangely, instead of hiding the escapee in his basement, Stephan had taken the pilot out in public — still dressed in his POW overalls — for food and drink and paid for his visit to a brothel near the Fox Theatre. Jack Kresnak, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escapee was circa 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Escapee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


es·​cap·​ee is-ˌkāp-ˈē How to pronounce escapee (audio)
: one that has escaped
especially : an escaped prisoner

Legal Definition


es·​ca·​pee is-ˌkā-ˈpē, ˌes-kā- How to pronounce escapee (audio)
: a person who escapes

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