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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n escapade any carefree episode
    • n escapade a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Escapade Act by which one breaks loose from the rules of propriety or good sense; a freak; a prank.
    • Escapade The fling of a horse, or ordinary kicking back of his heels; a gambol.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n escapade The fling of a horse, or a fit of flinging and capering about.
    • n escapade A capricious or freakish action; a wild prank; a foolish or reckless adventure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Escapade an escape: a mischievous freak
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Sp. escapada, escape, fr. escapar, to escape; or F., fr. It. scappata, escape, escapade, fr. scappare, to escape. see Escape
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escaper (Fr. échapper)—L. ex cappa, (lit.) 'out of one's cape or cloak.'


In literature:

How would he receive her after her escapade?
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
How could he help it, when he remembered Jack's escapades, in which my name was always blended!
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
To be the hero of an impending escapade was pleasant.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Stories, some true and some false, were circulated respecting her follies and her escapades.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
Here his brother got hold of him; persuaded him to go back; and the escapade was condoned somehow.
"Goldsmith" by William Black
He, too, was studying hard, and for several nights after the theater escapade did not go out evenings.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
To be shot for high treason seemed the logical sequel to his escapade.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
The experience lying between his youthful escapades at Stratford and his sober retirement thither was doubtless a wonderful polychrome.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Forgotten were escapades at Harrisburg, Carlisle and Philadelphia.
"A Daughter of the Sioux" by Charles King
My first escapade was without visible results, but I was uneasy from that hour.
"The House in the Mist" by Anna Katharine Green
He received a dishonorable discharge for this escapade.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
His escapades grew wilder, the reprimands of the faculty more severe.
"The Alchemist's Secret" by Isabel Cecilia Williams
And what a subject for scandal the story of my escapades will become.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
He knew all that he was risking for a mere escapade.
"Golden Stories" by Various
Some school girl escapade, perhaps.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Nothing was now wanting to complete the failure of my escapade, and I was as eager to run back as I had been to run away.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
He must have known something of the escapade at Vaucouleurs.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
The slow-moving Teutonic mind was beginning to assimilate the notion that there was money in this escapade.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Dick and Heathcote ran a serious risk of being shunted on to the road to ruin after the escapade of the Grandcourt match.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
The afternoon's escapade would lead to good after all.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

Was he, I said, borne to the blue
In a mad escapade of Spring
Ere he could make a fond adieu
To his love in the blossoming?
"The Orange Tree" by John Shaw Neilson

In news:

Escapades of a bipolar princess.
People all over the country are keeping up on his escapades via Facebook and now national media coverage.
While Tameifuna is making the headlines right now for his extraordinary girth and drink driving escapade, this is not a player the All Blacks are ready to give up on.
Milou in French, Snowy in English -- and their exotic escapades have been favorites of children and adults on both sides of the Atlantic since Georges Remi, as Herge, started drawing them in 1929.
Boy, this Tiger Woods escapade is really making a big impact.
Missing Widoe Widoe, perhaps the world's most resilient Chihuahua, was found after surviving another potentially fatal escapade.
I'm not sure I need to waste any more space describing how disgusting Jerry Sandusky is, but I simply couldn't ignore his latest escapades.
Rhode Island college student Courtney Malloy recently went on a drunken escapade and thought it'd be a great idea to attempt to run through an eight-inch wide alleyway.
Last figure in 2006 escapade sentenced to prison.
Share your resolutions, thoughts, farmer and non – escapades, adventures, causes (animal, human…), and dreams - this is truly a free-for-all .
Ted Nugent's drummer arrested in golf car t escapade.
Last figure in 2006 escapade sentenced to prison.
Lucy the Tortoise stars in children's book after Boulder County escapade.
Long gone are the days when candidates' extramarital escapades were off-limits, photographers avoided taking pictures of Franklin D Roosevelt in a wheelchair and a few newspapers and TV stations acted as gatekeepers.
There's not a lot to be said about Sun-Times sportswriter Joe Cowley's unfortunate escapade on Twitter that hasn't already been mentioned, or that wasn't immediately clear from it.