[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
Since then the escapades have gotten bolder and more technically challenging.
Until recently these escapades defined her public image.
Stories about romantic escapades rarely get much coverage in the financial
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  ingredients or lascivious escapades.
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