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From Ice Capades, a skating entertainment show, the name of which is a pun on escapade.


capade (plural capades)

  1. (usually in combination, in proper nouns) An exhibition or event, usually for entertainment.
    • 1960 May 22, “Chariots of 'Ben-Hur' in Medinah's 'Horsecapades'”, in Chicago Tribune:
      A feature of "Horse-capades" will be the appearance of horses and chariots used in the Academy award winning motion picture "Ben-Hur."
    • 1988 December 12, New York Magazine, volume 21, number 49, page 14:
      Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, who has crisscrossed the world as a "special correspondent" on his BusCapade and JetCapade
    • 1999 January 22, “Mouse Droppings”, in Entertainment Weekly:
      Walt Disney announced that it was recalling 3.4 million copies of the newly remastered video version of The Rescuers, its 1977 animated mice-capade.
    • 2013, Mark Cohen, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman:
      In September 1951, two Catskills—style comedy shows, Bagels and Yox and Mickey Katz's Borscht Capades opened on Broadway.
  2. (usually in combination) An adventure.
    • 2006, Patsy Clairmont, B. J. Thomas, Jerry B. Jenkins, All Cracked Up, page 56:
      I've wondered what happened when the little boy ran home and told his mom about his lunch-capade.
    • 2010, Robert Morrow, Ringing True, page 307:
      And you don't think it's inconsistent for the leader of a religion to indulge in sexcapades with porn stars and watch pornographic films in his spare time?
    • 2012, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas:

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in the names of events or performances.

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