- a reckless adventure or wild prank.
- an escape from confinement or restraint.
Origin of escapade
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Examples from the Web for escapades
Their escapades, by turns sexual, violent, and threatening, can make for uncomfortable viewing.The Movie ‘Filth’ Is Fun!
October 1, 2013
The alleged nighttime escapades of the Secret Service agents in Colombia are more than just an embarrassment.Secret Service Targeted by Independent Watchdog
April 30, 2012
But there are signs that the public is growing tired of these escapades.Vladimir Putin Surprised By Boos At Martial Arts Fight
November 22, 2011
Sexual predators are known to take trophies, such as underwear, from their escapades so they can relive their crimes.Why Chelsea's Murder Scares Us
March 6, 2010
Which we regyards them escapades as fortooitous, an' declines 'em utter.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
What would her mother say to this latest of her escapades; and Mollie and Betty?The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World
Every now and then your escapades enliven the Paris Sunday supplements.The Ideal
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
The letter gave a detailed account of one of baby's escapades.Grandfather's Love Pie
We were careful to keep these escapades from the knowledge of our elders.
- 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 escapades
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.