- 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).
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Examples from the Web for elopement
On the night of the elopement the two children met at the minister's house.Quaint Courtships
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.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
I suppose she was always like that; even in the very hour of elopement with Fyne.Chance
Word Origin and History for elopement
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