Definition of episode in English:

episode

noun

  • 1An event or a group of events occurring as part of a sequence; an incident or period considered in isolation:

    ‘the whole episode has been a major embarrassment’
    • ‘Single events or episodes can often assume a disproportionate significance.’
    • ‘The events of the previous episodes have no bearing whatsoever on those of the current one.’
    • ‘During the years leading up to the Civil War a number of episodes similar to the one at St. Mary's occurred in and around Boston.’
    • ‘Sure, his songs may allude to past loves, events and episodes of his life, but they never provide the listener with solid biographical insight.’
    • ‘In one of his more famous episodes, Beaubien participated in the raid that captured Daniel Boone and twenty-six of his men.’
    • ‘Uncertainty about the basic conditions of rural life, especially landholding, underpinned all of these episodes.’
    • ‘From the near vicinity, there is a small beaker in Romano-British style from a grave at Little Wittenham, embellished with scenes depicting episodes in the life of Christ.’
    • ‘Updike's short story lines up four episodes, all told from a different point of view.’
    • ‘The strike over excessive toll charges has been marked by episodes of violence.’
    • ‘Single events or episodes can, either negatively or positively, often assume disproportionate significance.’
    • ‘The novel consists of five separate stories that relate episodes in the life of this contemporary hero.’
    • ‘We could detect no further episodes of activity.’
    • ‘Whole episodes of history, including the rise of Mussolini and fascism, would be omitted from official textbooks.’
    • ‘If we take it at face value, the whole episode was a terrible accident, but the way the police have handled the aftermath has perhaps done them more harm than good.’
    • ‘In February 1945, the obliteration of the historic city of Dresden from the air became one of the most controversial episodes of the allied war effort.’
    • ‘Few episodes in American history attracted more conspiracy theories than the Oklahoma bombing case.’
    • ‘Miners went on strike more frequently than other workers, and several violent episodes erupted in the mine fields.’
    • ‘The sedimentary record from the North Atlantic also shows a number of ice-sheet surge episodes.’
    • ‘In any event, the whole episode has given rise to the same mercantilist arguments that have always been used to justify tariffs.’
    • ‘Regardless of the outcome of the trial, the whole episode has been a huge embarrassment to English football.’
    incident, event, occurrence, happening, occasion, interlude, chapter, experience, adventure, exploit
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    1. 1.1 A finite period in which someone is affected by a specified illness:
      ‘acute psychotic episodes’
      • ‘Temporary hearing loss has been demonstrated during episodes of acute otitis media with effusion.’
      • ‘Information about previous episodes of acute otitis media, type of day care and signs and symptoms of allergies was also collected.’
      • ‘Asthma was defined by a past history of at least three episodes of wheezing.’
      • ‘An estimated 10-15 percent of adolescents with recurrent major depressive episodes develop bipolar I disorder.’
      • ‘Lack of sunlight might just be one of many stressors that trigger a depressive episode.’
      • ‘The number of recorded episodes of infectious illness from birth to age 15 years was calculated.’
      • ‘She reports that she was diagnosed as having suffered from an " acute psychotic episode " but she refused treatment.’
      • ‘A 16 month old child presented with a history of recurrent croup-like illness with 6 episodes from 4 months of age.’
      • ‘These patients typically present with recurrent episodes of purulent bronchitis and pneumonia.’
      • ‘One in three of us will experience a depressive episode at some time in our lives.’
      • ‘At follow-up, 58 % of the children had recurrent episodes of wheezing.’
      • ‘Large numbers of the bacteria circulate in the blood, giving rise to recurrent episodes of illness interspersed with periods of feeling well.’
      • ‘However, many people who live in areas where malaria is common get repeated infections and never really recover in between episodes of illness.’
      • ‘A large intake of cannabis seems able to trigger acute psychotic episodes and may worsen outcomes in established psychosis.’
      • ‘We considered acute episodes of illnesses that had occurred during the previous year.’
      • ‘Maybe there are some clinicians who will discontinue medication at the end of an isolated episode of disease.’
      • ‘A total of 837 viral infections and 871 episodes of acute otitis media were documented.’
      • ‘Influenza vaccination decreases episodes of acute otitis media only when influenza is epidemic.’
      • ‘By age 24, half of them have had another episode of major depression.’
      • ‘The resultant symptomatology includes episodes of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.’
      period, spell, bout, fit, attack, interval, phase
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  • 2Each of the separate instalments into which a serialized story or radio or television programme is divided:

    ‘the final episode of the series’
    • ‘The joint venture will produce at least 80 episodes of serial television a year.’
    • ‘The pilot episode was screened by BBC2 on 26 July 1999.’
    • ‘The six half-hour episodes are evenly divided on to the two discs.’
    • ‘Thirteen episodes have been taped so far, and the ratings bode well for a second season.’
    • ‘Indeed it is one of the best episodes in the history of the show.’
    • ‘My restaurant was used by BBC TV to shoot television plays and an episode of a serial was made there.’
    • ‘Right away, I have to admit that I've seen only one episode of the show.’
    • ‘Whilst listening to an episode of Radio 4's programme Growing Science, I came across a word I hadn't heard before - thigmomorphogenesis.’
    • ‘Past episodes of the BBC television series Airport began running through my mind.’
    • ‘We also watch quite a lot of TV in terms of watching whole season episodes of favourite shows or tele-movies on DVD, mostly old ones but also recent ones.’
    • ‘The actors' debut episodes will be broadcast on BBC ONE as part of Talent Week.’
    • ‘"The show's final episode aired in 1975, but the loveable duo was not forgotten.’
    • ‘The first episode was broadcast on BBC TWO in 1964.’
    • ‘I saw the first two episodes of this series and just didn't get it.’
    • ‘The collection is divided into three double-sided discs, which contain all twenty-two episodes aired in 1973 and early 1974.’
    • ‘She and I had made 80 episodes of a television series for a satellite channel.’
    • ‘In seven years they wrote 103 radio episodes and 63 television shows.’
    • ‘The stage version is really like an extended episode from the television series, and it's a lot of fun.’
    • ‘The show's final episode aired in May of 1993.’
    • ‘I saw the pilot episode a year ago and loved it.’
    instalment, section, chapter, scene, act, passage
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    1. 2.1Music A passage containing distinct material or introducing a new subject:
      ‘this change is followed by an episode in this new key’
      • ‘Here Tirimo brought excitement to the rhythmic central episode, also recalling Robert's characteristic use of dotted rhythm themes.’
      • ‘I found myself visibly moved during the central subject's climactic high string episodes; likewise during the close of the development.’
      • ‘They are predominantly positive works; minor key episodes, when they occur, offer more harmonic contrast than emotional contrast.’
      • ‘Most of the episodes (excepting a very Stravinskian idea of an upward-thrusting minor third) seem related to the main theme.’
      • ‘Fugue and episodes flow in and out of one another seamlessly.’
    2. 2.2 A section between two choric songs in Greek tragedy.
      • ‘Shakespeare, for example, uses Gower to bridge the temporal gaps between adjacent episodes in Pericles in ways which parallel the use of Time as chorus in The Winter's Tale.’
      • ‘This was only the most dramatic episode in an unfolding tragedy.’
      • ‘His ‘Homeric Ballads’, versified episodes from the Odyssey told in brisk, headlong style, were for Fraser's.’
      • ‘Plato illustrates the intellectual advantage that Socrates has over Protagoras in the episode of Simonides's poem.’

Origin

Late 17th century (denoting a section between songs in Greek tragedy): from Greek epeisodion, neuter of epeisodios coming in besides, from epi in addition + eisodos entry (from eis into + hodos way).

Pronunciation:

episode

/ˈɛpɪsəʊd/