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[es-kuh-peyd, es-kuh-peyd] /ˈɛs kəˌpeɪd, ˌɛs kəˈpeɪd/
a reckless adventure or wild prank.
an escape from confinement or restraint.
Origin of escapade
1645-55; < French < Spanish escapada, equivalent to escap(ar) to escape + -ada -ade1
caper, antic, caprice. Unabridged
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  • I knew Aubrey Yeldham well, had shared many of his escapades, and winked apprehensively at others.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • What would her mother say to this latest of her escapades; and Mollie and Betty?

  • Change and the beloved Lorna will soon bring back your roses, and it will be amusing to hear of your escapades when you return.

    The Heart of Una Sackville Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Every now and then your escapades enliven the Paris Sunday supplements.

    The Ideal Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • But both these cronies of mine were men devoid of guile, and in their most reckless of escapades innocent of mischievous harm.

  • Presently he was back at the Cape again and at his escapades once more.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for escapades


/ˈɛskəˌpeɪd; ˌɛskəˈpeɪd/
a wild or exciting adventure, esp one that is mischievous or unlawful; scrape
any lighthearted or carefree episode; prank; romp
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old Italian scappata, from Vulgar Latin ex-cappāre (unattested) to escape
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Word Origin and History for escapades



1650s, "an escape from confinement," from French escapade (16c.) "a prank or trick," from Spanish escapada "a prank, flight, an escape," noun use of fem. past participle of escapar "to escape," from Vulgar Latin *excappare (see escape). Or perhaps the French word is via Italian scappata, from scappare, from the same Vulgar Latin source. Figurative sense (1814) is of "breaking loose" from rules or restraints on behavior.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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