Definition of elope in US English:

elope

verb

[no object]
  • Run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent.

    ‘later he eloped with one of the maids’
    • ‘Hogarth, his sometime pupil, eloped with his daughter in 1729.’
    • ‘He eloped with a daughter of the duke of Richmond in 1744 and they were a devoted couple, dying within days of one another.’
    • ‘She remembered the solitary week his clinic had lasted before he had eloped with the superintendent's wife.’
    • ‘Never particularly happy in his home life, at the age of 19 Shelley eloped with his first love, Harriet Grove, who bore him a daughter two years later.’
    • ‘Although Caroli never ‘escaped her mother's domination,’ she did succeed in leaving home when she eloped with a man she had ‘dated for two weeks.’’
    • ‘‘Of course,’ said Cyrvil, recalling her own Mother's lady-in-waiting who had eloped with a knight from another Great Isle.’
    • ‘Count Baldwin I of Flanders eloped with Judith, daughter of King Charles the Bald of the west Franks, who was by the age of 16 the widow of two kings of Wessex.’
    • ‘One long sequence in which she tells Charles the story of how she eloped with her husband, and the consequences that ensued, is a minor tour de force of sustained emotional expression.’
    • ‘She eloped with a Greek, so we're going to Greece to meet the in-laws.’
    • ‘Tell me honestly, would you truly befriend your enemies after discovering their kid eloped with your child, and then made this whole chaotic catastrophe that led to their deaths?’
    • ‘You just disappeared and Eileen told me that you had eloped with a man you'd been seeing on the sly.’
    • ‘By the early 1950s, however, she had eloped with the Czech-Irish writer Ernest Gebler and by the time her first book was published, she had left for London, where she has lived ever since.’
    • ‘After being expelled from various convent schools and working briefly as a model, she eloped with an aspiring poet when she was 18.’
    • ‘Today she was complaining about her grand-daughter who had eloped with the washer-man.’
    • ‘So she eloped with a guy with bad anger management problems so they could start a new life… with no money, no plan, and absolutely nowhere to go.’
    • ‘But Avon was long gone, having eloped with her high-school love interest, David Wrighter.’
    • ‘‘I eloped with John Bardy, the stableboy you fired,’ Annabelle said coldly.’
    • ‘I'm beginning to understand some of what my mother must have gone through after I eloped with Rolf.’
    • ‘As Elizabeth Linley, before she eloped with Sheridan around 1773, the sitter was a professional singer and member of a celebrated musical family in Bath.’
    run away to marry, run away together, run off together, slip away, sneak off, steal away
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the general sense ‘abscond, run away’): from Anglo-Norman French aloper, perhaps related to leap.

Pronunciation

elope

/əˈloʊp//əˈlōp/