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 Though many escapees were captured, the revolt’s 12... Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: They Murdered Weldonville," 3 Jan. 2020 But Reuters, who was first to report on the crackdown, said at least 30 North Korean escapees have been caught in raids in China since mid-April, citing activist groups and family members. Helen Regan And Jake Kwon, CNN, "China is cracking down on safe houses used by North Korean defectors, activists say," 20 June 2019 On Tuesday, two of the escapees — Decorrius Wright, 16, who is accused of murder, and Calvin Howse, 15, who is charged in an auto theft and gun possession case — were arrested in Madison, Tennessee, police said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Third teen fugitive captured after escape from Nashville detention center," 7 Dec. 2019 Three of the escapees -- Christopher Clemente, 24, Brynn Martin, 40 and Troy McDaniel Jr., 30 -- were caught in Cary, N.C., around 2 a.m. Monday. Fox News, "Last of 4 Ohio jail escapees caught in North Carolina," 1 Oct. 2019 But Champlin said authorities believe one or more of the escapees is still operating a gray 2019 Dodge Charger, which has Ohio Registration HVP8419 and is registered to Clemente. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sheriff: 4 inmates escape county jail in Ohio," 29 Sep. 2019 Jimmy Wingo, a jail escapee, had been convicted of murdering a couple in their home on Christmas Eve. The Economist, "The sleuth of death row What does it take to become a death-row detective?," 18 Dec. 2019 Wildlife officials called for open season on escapees. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, "Cooke Aquaculture seeks to farm native steelhead in Puget Sound after 2017 Atlantic salmon escape," 1 Nov. 2019 Three inmates who escaped from a county jail in Ohio were arrested early Monday following a multi-agency response, but one escapee remains at large. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Three Inmates Arrested After Escaping From Ohio Jail, But One Remains At Large," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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“Escapee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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