episode

noun
ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd How to pronounce episode (audio) also -ˌzōd How to pronounce episode (audio) \

Definition of episode

1 : a usually brief unit of action in a dramatic or literary work: such as
a : the part of an ancient Greek tragedy between two choric songs
b : a developed situation that is integral to but separable from a continuous narrative : incident
c : one of a series of loosely connected stories or scenes
d : the part of a serial presented at one performance
2 : an event that is distinctive and separate although part of a larger series
3 : a digressive subdivision in a musical composition

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occurrence, event, incident, episode, circumstance mean something that happens or takes place. occurrence may apply to a happening without intent, volition, or plan. an encounter that was a chance occurrence event usually implies an occurrence of some importance and frequently one having antecedent cause. the events following the assassination incident suggests an occurrence of brief duration or secondary importance. a minor wartime incident episode stresses the distinctiveness or apartness of an incident. a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work circumstance implies a specific detail attending an action or event as part of its setting or background. couldn't recall the exact circumstances

Examples of episode in a Sentence

It was a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work. He tried to forget the whole embarrassing episode. a painful episode from my childhood Millions of people are expected to watch the show's final episode.
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Recent Examples on the Web Even Spike, who spent most of the episode pointing a pistol at her head, seems to have softened a little. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 To give you a feel for the unique tribute, EW has an exclusive clip of the episode above. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Toward the end of the episode, the group of ladies gathered together for dinner, where Meredith prompted them to talk about Jen's arrest. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 14 Nov. 2021 From the first few minutes of the first episode, the series establishes João as a complex character. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 At the very end of the episode, Alex is diagnosed with COVID. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 12 Nov. 2021 Multiple affiliates refused to air reruns of the episode. Kimberlee Kruesi, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Multiple affiliates refused to air reruns of the episode. Kimberlee Kruesi, Chron, 12 Nov. 2021 Multiple affiliates refused to air reruns of the episode. Kimberlee Kruesi, ajc, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of episode

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for episode

Greek epeisodion, from neuter of epeisodios coming in besides, from epi- + eisodios coming in, from eis into (akin to Greek en in) + hodos road, journey — more at in

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“Episode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episode. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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episode

noun

English Language Learners Definition of episode

: an event or a short period of time that is important or unusual
: a television show, radio show, etc., that is one part of a series
: an occurrence of an illness

episode

noun
ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōd How to pronounce episode (audio) \

Kids Definition of episode

1 : an event or one of a series of events that stands out clearly I'm trying to forget the whole embarrassing episode.
2 : one in a series of connected stories or performances

episode

noun
ep·​i·​sode | \ ˈep-ə-ˌsōd also -ˌzōd \

Medical Definition of episode

: an event that is distinctive and separate although part of a larger series especially : an occurrence of a usually recurrent pathological abnormal condition a manic episode hypoglycemic episodes

Other Words from episode

episodic \ ˌep-​ə-​ˈsäd-​ik also -​ˈzäd-​ \ adjective
episodically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce episode (audio) \ adverb

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