[es-kuh-peyd, es-kuh-peyd]
a reckless adventure or wild prank.
an escape from confinement or restraint.

1645–55; < French < Spanish escapada, equivalent to escap(ar) to escape + -ada -ade1

caper, antic, caprice. Unabridged
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escapade (ˈɛskəˌpeɪd, ˌɛskəˈpeɪd)
1.  a wild or exciting adventure, esp one that is mischievous or unlawful; scrape
2.  any lighthearted or carefree episode; prank; romp
[C17: from French, from Old Italian scappata, from Vulgar Latin ex-cappāre (unattested) to escape]

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Word Origin & History

1653, from Fr. "a prank or trick," from Sp. escapada "a prank, flight, an escape," from escapar "to escape," from V.L. *excappare (see escape). Figurative sense (1814) is of "breaking loose" from rules or restraints on behavior.
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Example sentences
Whatever else, the phrase came to signify some wild adventure or improbable escapade.
Drag ready-made icons or drop a customized avatar on a playing field to concoct your electronic escapade.
In one escapade they had broken into a psychiatrist's office searching for a patient's file.
Or, take the kids out for an educational escapade at a museum, or a day of fun at a theme park or zoo.
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