verb (used without object), es·caped, es·cap·ing.
verb (used with object), es·caped, es·cap·ing.
Origin of escape
Examples from the Web for escapable
Historical Examples of escapable
- a means or way of escape
- (as modifier)an escape route
Word Origin for escape
c.1300, from Old North French escaper, Old French eschaper (12c., Modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappare, literally "get out of one's cape, leave a pursuer with just one's cape," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) + Late Latin cappa "mantle" (see cap (n.)). Related: Escaped; escaping.
c.1400, from escape (v.); earlier eschap (c.1300). Mental/emotional sense is from 1853. Escape clause in the legal sense first recorded 1945.
In addition to the idiom beginning with escape
- escape notice
- narrow escape