Definition of escapade in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌɛskəˈpeɪd//ˈɛskəpeɪd/


  • An act or incident involving excitement, daring, or adventure.

    ‘he told of their escapade with a ‘borrowed’ truck’
    ‘schoolgirl escapades’
    • ‘The news of their escapades was eagerly listened to in Ireland.’
    • ‘I ask Andy to talk me through some of his infamous escapades.’
    • ‘She entered a rarefied company of pseudo-celebrities known chiefly for their sexual escapades.’
    • ‘The story is a simple one of the machinations of a rich society girl and her various romantic escapades on the eve of her wedding to a dullard.’
    • ‘It might well be that the only way of preventing British involvement in future escapades is for Parliament to act with more rigour.’
    • ‘She has already hit the headlines for her escapades scaling some of the country's toughest peaks.’
    • ‘What with my escapades in Clapton the other day I'm suddenly seeing a lot of London.’
    • ‘The flashbacks to the uncles' escapades in Africa ought to have been the saving grace of a rather uninteresting slow plot.’
    • ‘In fact, he sometimes smiles mischievously when remembering escapades from his wild years.’
    • ‘Surely, days of giggling about drunken escapades were long gone, too?’
    • ‘These days the site rarely focuses on sexual escapades, but it still gets about 20,000 hits a day.’
    • ‘It is often hard for children to believe their uncles and aunts and grandparents were young and in love and involved in exciting escapades.’
    • ‘One of their latest escapades involved riding camels and sleeping out under the stars, without tents, in the desert in Niger at the end of last year.’
    • ‘It is only recently that the Indian media started highlighting such escapades.’
    • ‘Although we find a seat in another bar shortly afterwards, last night's escapades are catching up with me and we make our excuses after midnight.’
    • ‘He is no stranger to weird and wonderful escapades.’
    • ‘I'll smile quietly to myself at his funeral today when I recall some of our dafter escapades.’
    • ‘The more I learn about Jordan's past escapades, the less sympathy I have for him.’
    • ‘Red-haired Matthew is well known in the area for his escapades.’
    • ‘Her escapades and experiences show just how like animals we humans really are.’
    exploit, stunt, caper, skylarking, mischief, romp, fling, spree, prank, jape, game, trick
    adventure, venture, mission
    deed, feat, trial, experience, incident, occurrence, event, happening, episode, affair
    lark, scrape, fooling around, shenanigans
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘an escape’): from French, from Provençal or Spanish, from escapar to escape, based on medieval Latin ex- out of + cappa cloak. Compare with escape.