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[es-kuh-peyd, es-kuh-peyd] /ˈɛs kəˌpeɪd, ˌɛs kəˈpeɪd/
a reckless adventure or wild prank.
an escape from confinement or restraint.
Origin of escapade
1645-55; < French < Spanish escapada, equivalent to escap(ar) to escape + -ada -ade1
caper, antic, caprice. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for escapade
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  • The only dread she had was of the discovery of her escapade by the hospital authorities.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Shandy's escapade with Diablo had brought a new trouble to Mike Gaynor.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • She was convinced that the escapade was important, though it would have puzzled her to say why.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Recommend him to be more prudent in future if he wishes me to forget his escapade at Tavora.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • What could be the objection, even were the escapade to be discovered by misadventure?

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • I recalled the final scene of that escapade, which I myself had managed to devise.

  • Mother, he said, was poorly, and greatly put out over my escapade.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • He could not brazen out the effect of this escapade, however, and disappeared from the scene.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • Last night's escapade was sheer bravado to mock at you and Brennan.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • When, later, he confessed his escapade to his parents, they were almost too shocked for words.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
British Dictionary definitions for escapade


/ˈɛskəˌpeɪd; ˌɛskəˈpeɪd/
a wild or exciting adventure, esp one that is mischievous or unlawful; scrape
any lighthearted or carefree episode; prank; romp
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old Italian scappata, from Vulgar Latin ex-cappāre (unattested) to escape
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Word Origin and History for escapade

1650s, "an escape from confinement," from French escapade (16c.) "a prank or trick," from Spanish escapada "a prank, flight, an escape," noun use of fem. past participle of escapar "to escape," from Vulgar Latin *excappare (see escape). Or perhaps the French word is via Italian scappata, from scappare, from the same Vulgar Latin source. Figurative sense (1814) is of "breaking loose" from rules or restraints on behavior.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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