Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An adventurous, unconventional act or undertaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A daring or adventurous act; an undertaking which goes against convention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fling of a horse, or ordinary kicking back of his heels; a gambol.
  • n. Act by which one breaks loose from the rules of propriety or good sense; a freak; a prank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fling of a horse, or a fit of flinging and capering about.
  • n. A capricious or freakish action; a wild prank; a foolish or reckless adventure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
  • n. any carefree episode

Etymologies

French, a trick, an escape, from Old French, from Old Spanish escapada (from escapar, to escape) or from Old Italian scappata (from scappare, to escape), both from Vulgar Latin *excappāre, to escape; see escape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French escapade ("the act of escaping; a trick"), from Old Spanish escapada, from escapar ("to escape"), from Vulgar Latin *excappō (“to escape”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The escapade is part of a contest sponsored by Groupon. com, the online promotion company that's picked up 13 million subscribers since July 2009 by partnering with vendors.

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  • This shameless escapade is just more evidence that Kitna is a brazen, swashbuckling cowboy with no regard for his fellow non-cowboys.

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  • A Wall Street Journal editorial called the escapade "One Last Whale Hunt for Captain Jack," and portrayed Welch "handcuffing himself to the credenza" in a scene worthy of "I Love Lucy."

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  • Tuck's companions in this escapade were a native Swiss named Horace de Pourtalès and a naturalized Swiss of U.S. origin named Frederick Bates.

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  • The only reminiscences of his escapade were a few cuts in his coat, which went unnoticed, and the precious book of notes, to which he applied himself with such vigour in the watches of the night, with a surreptitious candle and a hamper of apples as aids to study, that, though tired next day, he managed to do quite well enough in the exam, to pass muster.

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  • It was once attempted by a madcap party of guests to discover the locality of the secret chamber, by hanging their towels out of the window, and thus deciding in favour of any window from which no spotless banner waved; but this escapade, which is said to have been ill-received by the owners, ended in nothing but a vague conclusion that the old square tower must be the spot sought.

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  • The only person who knew of her escapade was the coachman, an old family servant of the Comte, as discreet as death.

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  • The day after the escapade was the worst one that Peggy Montfort had ever known.

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  • Another unforgettable episode of my escapade was the trek to enchanting Cambugahay Falls in Lazi.

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  • According to court papers, Mayumi Heene admitted to Larimer County sheriff's deputies several days later that the escapade was a publicity stunt.

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