[ih-lohp-muh nt]


an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.
an act or instance of leaving a safe area or safe premises, done by a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment: Parents of autistic children need strategies to cope with elopement.See also wandering(def 6).

Nearby words

  1. eloise,
  2. elongate,
  3. elongated,
  4. elongation,
  5. elope,
  6. eloquence,
  7. eloquent,
  8. elpenor,
  9. elroy,
  10. els

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Word Origin and History for elopement



1540s, from elope + -ment. (The word was in Anglo-French in 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper