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elopement

[ih-lohp-muh nt]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.
  2. 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).
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Examples from the Web for elopement

Historical Examples

  • On the night of the elopement the two children met at the minister's house.

    Quaint Courtships

    Various

  • Of course if they thought it an elopement, they might not take that trouble.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • Don't you think an elopement is perfectly splendid—so romantic and all that?

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It was the old story—an elopement, a grand row, and then all was forgiven.

  • I suppose she was always like that; even in the very hour of elopement with Fyne.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad


Word Origin and History for elopement

n.

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

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