Definition of episode in English:


Syllabification: ep·i·sode
Pronunciation: /ˈepiˌsōd


  • 1An event or a group of events occurring as part of a larger sequence; an incident or period considered in isolation: the latest episode in the feud
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    • In any event, the whole episode has given rise to the same mercantilist arguments that have always been used to justify tariffs.
    • If we take it at face value, the whole episode was a terrible accident, but the way the police have handled the aftermath has perhaps done them more harm than good.
    • Regardless of the outcome of the trial, the whole episode has been a huge embarrassment to English football.
    incident, event, occurrence, happening; occasion, experience, adventure, exploit; matter, affair, thing; interlude, chapter
  • 1.1Each of the separate installments into which a serialized story or radio or television program is divided.
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    • In seven years they wrote 103 radio episodes and 63 television shows.
    • Whilst listening to an episode of Radio 4's programme Growing Science, I came across a word I hadn't heard before - thigmomorphogenesis.
    • My restaurant was used by BBC TV to shoot television plays and an episode of a serial was made there.
    installment, chapter, passage; part, portion, section, component; program, show; webisode
  • 1.2A finite period in which someone is affected by a specified illness: acute psychotic episodes
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    • Large numbers of the bacteria circulate in the blood, giving rise to recurrent episodes of illness interspersed with periods of feeling well.
    • We considered acute episodes of illnesses that had occurred during the previous year.
    • These patients typically present with recurrent episodes of purulent bronchitis and pneumonia.
    period, spell, bout, attack, phase
    informal patch
  • 1.3 Music A passage containing distinct material or introducing a new subject.
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    • I found myself visibly moved during the central subject's climactic high string episodes; likewise during the close of the development.
    • Fugue and episodes flow in and out of one another seamlessly.
    • Most of the episodes (excepting a very Stravinskian idea of an upward-thrusting minor third) seem related to the main theme.
  • 1.4A section between two choric songs in Greek tragedy.
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    • This was only the most dramatic episode in an unfolding tragedy.
    • His ‘Homeric Ballads’, versified episodes from the Odyssey told in brisk, headlong style, were for Fraser's.
    • Plato illustrates the intellectual advantage that Socrates has over Protagoras in the episode of Simonides's poem.


late 17th century (denoting a section between two choric songs in Greek tragedy): from Greek epeisodion, neuter of epeisodios 'coming in besides', from epi 'in addition' + eisodos 'entry' (from eis 'into' + hodos 'way').

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