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elope

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈləʊp
 
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Definition of elope in English:

verb

[no object]
Run away secretly in order to get married: later he eloped with one of the housemaids
More example sentences
  • Count Baldwin I of Flanders eloped with Judith, daughter of King Charles the Bald of the west Franks, who was by the age of 16 the widow of two kings of Wessex.
  • Never particularly happy in his home life, at the age of 19 Shelley eloped with his first love, Harriet Grove, who bore him a daughter two years later.
  • Hogarth, his sometime pupil, eloped with his daughter in 1729.
Synonyms
run away to marry, run off/away together, slip away, sneak off, steal away;
run off/away with a lover

Origin

late 16th century (in the general sense 'abscond, run away'): from Anglo-Norman French aloper, perhaps related to leap.

Derivatives

elopement

1
noun
Example sentences
  • While genuine elopements are now rare, the local registry office, which charges £148 for a marriage licence, now injects around £500,000 a year into the local economy.
  • But true love was never all excuse for an unapproved marriage, and elopements frequently caused heartache and family break-up, particularly in aristocratic circles.
  • The Bertram sisters' elopements are the result of the flirtations that occur during rehearsals for amateur theatricals at Mansfield Park.

eloper

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Indeed, before 1849, steamers crossing the channel often contained young Irish elopers who made the 21 mile journey in order to be married in Portpatrick's 17th century church.
  • The long time friends and potential elopers begin to notice odd happenings around their school and town.
  • It began with a trickle of English elopers sneaking across the Border to get married at Gretna.

Words that rhyme with elope

aslope, cope, dope, grope, hope, interlope, lope, mope, nope, ope, pope, rope, scope, slope, soap, taupe, tope, trope

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