Definition of episode in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈepəˌsōd/


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.
occasion, experience, adventure, exploit;
interlude, chapter
1.1Each of the separate installments into which a serialized story or radio or television program is divided.
Example sentences
  • 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;
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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').

  • An episode was originally a section between two choric songs in Greek tragedy. The word is from Greek epeisodios ‘coming in besides’. The use of the word for an instalment in a radio and, eventually, television drama is early 20th century.

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Syllabification: ep·i·sode

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