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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Three of the escapees who tunnelled out of Holzminden. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘The Escape Artists’ Review: Keep Calm and Keep Shoveling," 27 Sep. 2018 The escapees are considered a threat since pet tortoises can carry diseases that can wipe out vulnerable wild tortoises. Kathleen Hughes, WSJ, "Think Keeping Up With Your Dog Is Tough? Try a Pet Tortoise," 11 Dec. 2018 But the sentiment that farm escapees should be allowed to go free is oddly universal. Longreads, "Wild At Heart," 17 May 2018 One of the escapees killed himself as police closed in. Fox News, "Prison portraits from retiring AP reporter Mike Graczyk," 31 July 2018 The escapees surrounded Officer Aubrey Hawkins' patrol vehicle and shot him 11 times before running over his body with an SUV on the way out, according to court records. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutors ask to push back death date for Texas 7 escapee, citing clerical error," 27 June 2018 Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt Photo: SHOWTIME The series, which could have done well with shortening, loses some of its tension, strangely enough, in the last three episodes, when the escapees are on the loose and being hunted. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Escape at Dannemora’ Review: Prison Heartbreak," 15 Nov. 2018 Golden fragments of seaweed float by, escapees, perhaps, from the Sargasso Sea’s swirling gyre in the Atlantic Ocean. Helen Scales, Discover Magazine, "Hearing Nemo," 17 Aug. 2018 The department said he was reported as an escapee May 23, but the notice evidently did not go to the marshals service for the federal court. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "An alleged murder by absconding inmate prompts relocation of D.C. Jail prisoners to Virginia," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of escapee

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of escapee was circa 1866

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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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