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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
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Examples from the web for episode
  • But the episode does serve as a timely reminder of one thing that is sometimes forgotten.
  • The show borrows heavily from other sci-fi sources and the first episode was heavy on exposition.
  • The whole episode reminded me how difficult it can be to notice small, often camouflaged creepy-crawlies on your plants.
  • The discovery of another recovered episode used to happen every month or two.
  • Shell's timing draws attention to what a sorry episode it has been.
  • She has to watch an episode every morning before school.
  • Watch the video below for a preview of tonight's episode.
  • The episode has exposed an enormous communications gap between the two countries.
  • Jean said the piglet might make a cameo in a future episode.
  • But the junta might easily have avoided the whole episode.
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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