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[ep-uh-sohd, -zohd] /ˈɛp əˌsoʊd, -ˌzoʊd/
an incident in the course of a series of events, in a person's life or experience, etc.
an incident, scene, etc., within a narrative, usually fully developed and either integrated within the main story or digressing from it.
one of a number of loosely connected, but usually thematically related, scenes or stories constituting a literary work.
Music. an intermediate or digressive passage, especially in a contrapuntal composition.
Movies, Radio, and Television. any one of the separate productions that constitute a serial.
Origin of episode
1670-80; < Greek epeisódion addition, episode, noun use of neuter of epeisódios coming in addition, equivalent to ep- ep- + eísod(os) entrance (eis- into + (h)odós road, way) + -ios adj. suffix
1. happening. See event. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then, with a rising flush and a conscious eye, he sought to laugh off the episode.

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • The two friends talked for some time about this episode, and then branched off into other subjects.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • It was a short time previous to this, that the historical Logan episode took place.

  • I loved the prince, and that episode is one of the greatest regrets of my life.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • And it is a wonder that you, who know the family so well, do not know this episode in its history.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for episode


an incident, event, or series of events
any one of the sections into which a serialized novel or radio or television programme is divided
an incident, sequence, or scene that forms part of a narrative but may be a digression from the main story
(in ancient Greek tragedy) a section between two choric songs
(music) a contrasting section between statements of the subject, as in a fugue or rondo
Word Origin
C17: from Greek epeisodion something added, from epi- (in addition) + eisodios coming in, from eis- in + hodos road
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Word Origin and History for episode

1670s, "commentary between two choric songs in a Greek tragedy," also "an incidental narrative or digression within a story, poem, etc.," from French épisode or directly from Greek epeisodion "addition," noun use of neuter of epeisodios "coming in besides," from epi "in addition" (see epi-) + eisodos "a coming in, entrance" (from eis "into" + hodos "way"). Sense of "outstanding incident, experience" first recorded in English 1773. Transferred by 1930s to individual broadcasts of serial radio programs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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