es·​cap·​ee | \ i-ˌskā-ˈpē How to pronounce escapee (audio) , ˌe-(ˌ)skā-, ˌe-skə-\

Definition of escapee

: one that has escaped especially : an escaped prisoner

Examples of escapee in a Sentence

an escapee from the local jail

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After chatting with a divorced attorney online, a prison escapee wants him to help prove her innocence. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Police from all over had been dispatched to various ports in southern England in an attempt capture him, including the port to which the escapee students had been sent by Harris and his cohort. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "That time Jared Harris maybe helped a murderer get away and other stories," 22 Aug. 2019 The alliance contains a collection of Tory grandees, including five former cabinet ministers, and a smaller group of escapees, such as Sir Oliver Letwin and Guto Bebb, who have decided to stand down at the next election. The Economist, "The unlikely Tory rebels," 29 Aug. 2019 The far northwest corner of the state has more than its share of NYC escapees, looking for a bucolic setting and less stress. Pamela Wright,, "When in Connecticut, head for the Hills," 28 Aug. 2019 That was the day cop-killing prison escapee Mario Centobie was captured near Biloxi., "The tragic reason this Alabama city celebrates July 4th a week late," 4 July 2019 The exotic escapee is currently living in a reptile care facility while police try to find his owner. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "Why you should never release exotic pets into the wild," 3 July 2019 On Christmas Eve, the escapees held up an Oshman’s sporting goods store in Irving - and Hawkins was the first officer who responded to the call. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Execution date set for ‘Texas 7’ prisoner who accused judge of anti-Semitism," 8 July 2019 The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, is leading the investigation to return the escapee back to the Etowah County Detention Center. Carol Robinson |,, "Etowah County inmate recaptured after using trash can to climb over fence in escape," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of escapee

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of escapee

: a person who has escaped : a prisoner who has escaped


es·​cap·​ee | \ i-ˌskā-ˈpē\

Kids Definition of escapee

: a person who escapes


es·​ca·​pee | \ is-ˌkā-ˈpē, ˌes-kā- How to pronounce escapee (audio) \

Legal Definition of escapee

: a person who escapes

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