episode

[ ep-uh-sohd, -zohd ]
/ ˈɛp əˌsoʊd, -ˌzoʊd /

noun

an incident in the course of a series of events, in a person's life or experience, etc.
an incident, scene, etc., within a narrative, usually fully developed and either integrated within the main story or digressing from it.
one of a number of loosely connected, but usually thematically related, scenes or stories constituting a literary work.
Music. an intermediate or digressive passage, especially in a contrapuntal composition.
Movies, Radio, and Television. any one of the separate productions that constitute a serial.

Nearby words

  1. episioperineorrhaphy,
  2. episioplasty,
  3. episiorrhaphy,
  4. episiostenosis,
  5. episiotomy,
  6. episodic,
  7. episodic memory,
  8. episome,
  9. epispadias,
  10. epispastic

Origin of episode

1670–80; < Greek epeisódion addition, episode, noun use of neuter of epeisódios coming in addition, equivalent to ep- ep- + eísod(os) entrance (eis- into + (h)odós road, way) + -ios adj. suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for episode

episode

/ (ˈɛpɪˌsəʊd) /

noun

an incident, event, or series of events
any one of the sections into which a serialized novel or radio or television programme is divided
an incident, sequence, or scene that forms part of a narrative but may be a digression from the main story
(in ancient Greek tragedy) a section between two choric songs
music a contrasting section between statements of the subject, as in a fugue or rondo

Word Origin for episode

C17: from Greek epeisodion something added, from epi- (in addition) + eisodios coming in, from eis- in + hodos road

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Word Origin and History for episode

episode

n.

1670s, "commentary between two choric songs in a Greek tragedy," also "an incidental narrative or digression within a story, poem, etc.," from French épisode or directly from Greek epeisodion "addition," noun use of neuter of epeisodios "coming in besides," from epi "in addition" (see epi-) + eisodos "a coming in, entrance" (from eis "into" + hodos "way"). Sense of "outstanding incident, experience" first recorded in English 1773. Transferred by 1930s to individual broadcasts of serial radio programs.

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