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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.
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 episodes
  • History is a tissue of such tender episodes, if also an imperfect record of them.
  • All but a few fragmentary episodes of her own long life remain unchronicled.
  • Each animal was subjected to seven episodes of each event separated by periods of rest over several hours.
  • It helps me recognize that this current drama going on on the planet is one of a series of episodes.
  • Panic attacks are episodes of intense fear or apprehension.
  • The fossil record is replete with countless global warming episodes without any corresponding human involvement.
  • The cause, nature, and extent of these episodes are the subject of scientific debate.
  • Similar episodes follow, and they lend the book a kind of giddy causelessness.
  • In this spirit, for those of you who are not yet regular listeners, here are ten episodes from the past year still worth a listen.
  • As anxiety about the future grows, earlier episodes cease to be viewed as pristine or untouchable.
British Dictionary definitions for episodes


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for episodes



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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