View synonyms for elopement


[ ih-lohp-muhnt ]


  1. an act or instance of running off secretly, especially to be married.
  2. an act or instance of a patient or person in care leaving a hospital, care facility, or safe area independently without notifying anyone: wandering ( def 6 ).

    Nursing homes need strategies to cope with elopement.

  3. a small wedding ceremony with few or no guests and often without a reception:

    The couple had a quiet elopement in Dublin with only their parents and an officiant present.

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Other Words From

  • non·e·lope·ment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of elopement1

First recorded in 1600–10; elope ( def ) + -ment ( def )

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Example Sentences

I'm afraid that if I proceed with a quick elopement, it will damage my friendship with her.

The elopement capital was featured in popular books and articles, radio programs, movies and plays well into the mid 20th century.

From Time

It is not merely elopement, not merely marriage, it is exposure!

She had promised to meet Wildeve by the Barrow this very night at eight, to give a final answer to his pleading for an elopement.

And as to the projected elopement, she felt very certain of being forgiven for that as soon as she came out a baroness.

Oh, but the elopement of a young unmarried couple is a pretty romance; ours would be a hideous scandal.

Your mother has suffered too much unhappiness by your first elopement: I shall not so easily permit you to quit her a second time.