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[es-kuh-peyd, es-kuh-peyd] /ˈɛs kəˌpeɪd, ˌɛs kəˈpeɪd/
a reckless adventure or wild prank.
an escape from confinement or restraint.
Origin of escapade
1645-55; < French < Spanish escapada, equivalent to escap(ar) to escape + -ada -ade1
caper, antic, caprice. Unabridged
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  • For this escapade he received the Military Cross—a well-earned reward.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • The only dread she had was of the discovery of her escapade by the hospital authorities.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • They talked in low voices, unconsciously playing up to the nature of the escapade.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Shandy's escapade with Diablo had brought a new trouble to Mike Gaynor.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Anyway, the proceeds of his escapade were in his pockets; that was more money than any of the scoffers owned.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Recommend him to be more prudent in future if he wishes me to forget his escapade at Tavora.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • What an excellent joke it would be to confess meekly to his escapade, and to be scolded, and then suddenly to reveal himself.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • I recalled the final scene of that escapade, which I myself had managed to devise.

  • This escapade shows what condition they are in after three months of hard mountain work.

  • When, later, he confessed his escapade to his parents, they were almost too shocked for words.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
British Dictionary definitions for escapade


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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