Definition of elope in English:

elope

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈləʊp
 
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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

noun
More 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

noun
More 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.

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