- a reckless adventure or wild prank.
- an escape from confinement or restraint.
Origin of escapade
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Examples from the Web for escapade
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
What could be the objection, even were the escapade to be discovered by misadventure?Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- a wild or exciting adventure, esp one that is mischievous or unlawful; scrape
- any lighthearted or carefree episode; prank; romp
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.