escapade

[ es-kuh-peyd, es-kuh-peyd ]
/ ˈɛs kəˌpeɪd, ˌɛs kəˈpeɪd /
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noun

a reckless adventure or wild prank.
an escape from confinement or restraint.

Nearby words

  1. escallonia,
  2. escallop,
  3. escalope,
  4. escambia,
  5. escanaba,
  6. escape,
  7. escape artist,
  8. escape beat,
  9. escape clause,
  10. escape hatch

Origin of escapade

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

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British Dictionary definitions for escapades

escapade

/ (ˈɛskəˌpeɪd, ˌɛskəˈpeɪd) /

noun

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

Word Origin for escapade

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

escapade

n.

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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