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[ih-lohp-muh nt] /ɪˈloʊp mənt/
an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.
an act or instance of leaving a safe area or safe premises, done by a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment:
Parents of autistic children need strategies to cope with elopement.
See also wandering (def 6). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The days came and went, until it was almost two weeks since Geraldine's elopement.

    Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • I suppose she was always like that; even in the very hour of elopement with Fyne.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The young lady's elopement is "no affair of yours," Mr. Broune had said.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • Then I adjusted it to the matter in hand which was neither more nor less than an elopement.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "elopement, a runaway," and left Vosh to fight what there was left of Cobbleville.

    Winter Fun William O. Stoddard
  • What would his friends say if he involved Helene in the scandal of an elopement?

  • It was the old story—an elopement, a grand row, and then all was forgiven.

  • You may not hope to make use of a king's ship for the purposes of an elopement.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • An observer, if there had been such, might well have been amused to see an elopement so conducted.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • They have more than once consulted upon the expediency of an elopement.'

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
Word Origin and History for elopement

1540s, from elope + -ment. (The word was in Anglo-French in 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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