[ey-sha-pey, ey-shap-ey; French ey-sha-pey]

noun, plural é·chap·pées [ey-sha-peyz, ey-shap-eyz; French ey-sha-pey] /ˌeɪ ʃæˈpeɪz, eɪˈʃæp eɪz; French eɪ ʃaˈpeɪ/, Music.

a melodic ornamental tone following a principal tone by a step above or below and proceeding by a skip.

Compare cambiata.

Origin of échappée

< French: literally, escaped (feminine past participle of échapper). See escape
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