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[es-kuh-peyd, es-kuh-peyd]
  1. a reckless adventure or wild prank.
  2. an escape from confinement or restraint.
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Origin of escapade

1645–55; < French < Spanish escapada, equivalent to escap(ar) to escape + -ada -ade1


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antic, fling, caper, mischief, vagary, romp, shenanigans, folly, roguery, trick, gag, scrape, lark, stunt, spree, frolic, rib, prank, rollick

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  1. a wild or exciting adventure, esp one that is mischievous or unlawful; scrape
  2. any lighthearted or carefree episode; prank; romp
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Old Italian scappata, from Vulgar Latin ex-cappāre (unattested) to escape
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Word Origin and History for escapades



1650s, "an escape from confinement," from French escapade (16c.) "a prank or trick," from Spanish escapada "a prank, flight, an escape," noun use of fem. past participle of escapar "to escape," from Vulgar Latin *excappare (see escape). Or perhaps the French word is via Italian scappata, from scappare, from the same Vulgar Latin source. Figurative sense (1814) is of "breaking loose" from rules or restraints on behavior.

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