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
Recent Examples on the Web If caught aiding an escapee, or refusing to cooperate in tracking someone, private citizens faced fines, lawsuits and jail time. Carrie Hagen, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Courageous Tale of Jane Johnson, Who Risked Her Freedom for Those Who Helped Her Escape Slavery," 16 Nov. 2020 Perry was an escapee from a Department of Juvenile Services facility at the time of the killing, assistant state’s attorney Dair Pillai said. James Whitlow,, "Teen sentenced to serve 20 years of life sentence in August 2017 murder of 15-year-old Maleigha Solonka," 17 Nov. 2020 The escapee was taken back into custody 10:15 p.m. Thursday close to the Crossroads Community near Highway 265. Carol Robinson |, al, "Escaped Baldwin County inmate back in jail after 20 hours on the run," 6 Nov. 2020 Her boyfriend, an escapee from the Orleans Parish Juvenile Justice Center, was arrested. Katelyn Umholtz,, "11 runaway children found in two months by U.S. Marshals Service's New Orleans office," 30 Sep. 2020 Stan Lee Foster, a Utah State Prison escapee, reportedly liked to go to Bricks — and was in front of the club one night in July when two FBI agents found him. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Call it Bricks or In the Venue. Soon, the Salt Lake City nightclub and LGBTQ hangout will be history.," 28 Aug. 2020 The escapee was roving the streets of the Roxbury neighborhood, with its train of iridescent blue and green feathers trailing behind. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Police Lure Escaped Peacock Into Custody With Mating Call Played On Cell Phone," 15 May 2020 An escapee, Jack’s employment options were limited, and the multi-cultural workforce of the western fur trade offered a haven. Jon T. Coleman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Curious Cases of Getting Lost in the Wilderness," 12 Aug. 2020 Neither runaway ad mentioned whether the escapee had fled while in transit to Williams’ Washington slave pen or from the Yellow House itself. Jeff Forret, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Notorious ‘Yellow House’ That Made Washington, D.C. a Slavery Capital," 22 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'escapee.' 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 escapee

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about escapee

Time Traveler for escapee

Time Traveler

The first known use of escapee was circa 1866

See more words from the same year

Statistics for escapee

Last Updated

12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Escapee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for escapee



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

More from Merriam-Webster on escapee

Nglish: Translation of escapee for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of escapee for Arabic Speakers

Comments on escapee

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


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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