es·​cap·​ee | \i-ˌskā-ˈpē, 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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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 Traveling near Danbury on the night their brother captured the heavyweight crown, two of Marciano’s sisters were stopped by state troopers who were searching for a pair of escapees from the nearby women’s prison. Chris Brodeur,, "UConn Professor Chronicles Rocky Marciano's Rise Set Against Boxing's Murky Underworld," 12 July 2018 More than 2,900 French police, soldiers and detectives fanned out across the country, searching vehicles at border crossings and toll booths and poring over cellphone records to find the escapee, Redoine Faïd. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Yes, Hollywood Did Influence That Helicopter Jailbreak in France," 2 July 2018 That was the case when Trump recognized a North Korean defector during his State of the Union address in January and hosted a group of North Korean escapees in the Oval Office. Fox News, "Some worry Trump is overlooking other issues with NKorea," 5 June 2018

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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- \

Legal Definition of escapee 

: a person who escapes

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