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


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.



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Origin of episode

First recorded in 1670–80; from Greek epeisódion “addition, parenthetic narrative, episode,” noun use of neuter of epeisódios “coming in addition,” equivalent to ep- ep- + eísod(os) “entrance” (eis- “into” + (h)odós “road, way”) + -ios adjective suffix

synonym study for episode

1. See event.
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British Dictionary definitions for episode

/ (ˈɛpɪˌsəʊd) /


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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