[ep-uh-sohd, -zohd]
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.

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

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Word Origin & History

1678, from Gk. epeisodion "addition," originally neut. of epeisodios "coming in besides," from epi- "in addition" + eisodos "a coming in, entrance" (from eis "into" + hodos "way"). Originally commentary between two choric songs in Gk. tragedy; extended by 1679 to "any incidental narrative or digression
in a story, poem, etc." Sense of "outstanding incident, experience" first recorded in Eng. 1773.
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Example sentences
But the episode does serve as a timely reminder of one thing that is sometimes
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.
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