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episode

[ep-uh-sohd, -zohd]
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noun
  1. an incident in the course of a series of events, in a person's life or experience, etc.
  2. an incident, scene, etc., within a narrative, usually fully developed and either integrated within the main story or digressing from it.
  3. one of a number of loosely connected, but usually thematically related, scenes or stories constituting a literary work.
  4. epeisodion.
  5. Music. an intermediate or digressive passage, especially in a contrapuntal composition.
  6. Movies, Radio, and Television. any one of the separate productions that constitute a serial.
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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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1. happening. See event.
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Related Words for episode

chapter, installment, matter, experience, thing, incident, event, affair, occurrence, business, circumstance, section, passage, doings, part, occasion, interlude, happening, goings-on

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  • All the same, the episode left her with a feeling of insecurity.

  • The episode that had caused her suspension seemed entirely forgotten.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • You are never to mention this episode of the toss-up, or of my confession, to any living soul.

  • Epos, p. 65, places the fragment in the Finn episode, between ll.

    Beowulf

    Unknown

  • The episode seemed to be turning out better than he had anticipated.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for episode

episode

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

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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