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From French escapade (the act of escaping; a trick), from Old Spanish escapada, from escapar (to escape), from Vulgar Latin *excappō (to escape).


  • enPR: ĕs'kə-pād', IPA(key): /ˈɛskəˌpeɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪd


escapade (plural escapades)

  1. A daring or adventurous act; an undertaking which goes against convention.
    • 1724, Daniel Defoe (authorship disputed), "Capt. Howel Davis and His Crew" in A General History of the Pyrates:
      The Manner of living among the Portugueze here is, with the utmost Frugality and Temperance. . . . The best of them (excepting the Governor now and then) neither pay nor receive any Visits of Escapade or Recreation.
    • 1816, Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary - Volume II, ch. 9:
      [Nobody] stood more confounded than Oldbuck at this sudden escapade of his nephew. "Is the devil in him," was his first exclamation, "to go to disturb the brute?"
    • 1918, P. G. Wodehouse, Piccadilly Jim, ch. 1:
      He is always doing something to make himself notorious. There was that breach-of-promise case, and that fight at the political meeting, and his escapades at Monte Carlo.
    • 2011 March 4, Richard Corliss, "The Adjustment Bureau" (film review), Time (retrieved 23 March 2014):
      He seems on the verge of winning the New York Senate election when the New York Post runs a photo of David’s exposed butt in a mooning escapade from his college days.





  1. second-person plural imperative of escapar