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episode

[ep-uh-sohd, -zohd] /ˈɛp əˌsoʊd, -ˌzoʊd/
noun
1.
an incident in the course of a series of events, in a person's life or experience, etc.
2.
an incident, scene, etc., within a narrative, usually fully developed and either integrated within the main story or digressing from it.
3.
one of a number of loosely connected, but usually thematically related, scenes or stories constituting a literary work.
5.
Music. an intermediate or digressive passage, especially in a contrapuntal composition.
6.
Movies, Radio, and Television. any one of the separate productions that constitute a serial.
Origin of episode
1670-1680
1670-80; < Greek epeisódion addition, episode, noun use of neuter of epeisódios coming in addition, equivalent to ep- ep- + eísod(os) entrance (eis- into + (h)odós road, way) + -ios adj. suffix
Synonyms
1. happening. See event.
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British Dictionary definitions for episode

episode

/ˈɛpɪˌsəʊd/
noun
1.
an incident, event, or series of events
2.
any one of the sections into which a serialized novel or radio or television programme is divided
3.
an incident, sequence, or scene that forms part of a narrative but may be a digression from the main story
4.
(in ancient Greek tragedy) a section between two choric songs
5.
(music) a contrasting section between statements of the subject, as in a fugue or rondo
Word Origin
C17: from Greek epeisodion something added, from epi- (in addition) + eisodios coming in, from eis- in + hodos road
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Word Origin and History for episode
n.

1670s, "commentary between two choric songs in a Greek tragedy," also "an incidental narrative or digression within a story, poem, etc.," from French épisode or directly from Greek epeisodion "addition," noun use of neuter of epeisodios "coming in besides," from epi "in addition" (see epi-) + eisodos "a coming in, entrance" (from eis "into" + hodos "way"). Sense of "outstanding incident, experience" first recorded in English 1773. Transferred by 1930s to individual broadcasts of serial radio programs.

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