What does Episode mean?

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ˈɛp əˌsoʊd, -ˌzoʊdepisode

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. episodenoun

    a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events

  2. episodenoun

    a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series

  3. episode, installment, instalmentnoun

    a part of a broadcast serial

  4. sequence, episodenoun

    film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie


  1. episodenoun

    An incident or action standing out by itself, but more or less connected with a complete series of events.

    It was a most embarrassing episode in my life

  2. episodenoun

    An installment of a drama told in parts, as in a TV series.

    I can't wait till next week's episode.

  3. Etymology: From épisode, from *, from ἐπεισόδιον, neuter of ἐπεισόδιος, from ἐπί + εἰς + ὀδός.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EPISODEnoun

    An incidental narrative, or digression in a poem, separable from the main subject, yet rising naturally from it.

    Etymology: ἐπίσωδη.

    The poem, which we have now under our consideration, hath no other episodes than such as naturally arise from the subject. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. episode

    An episode is defined as a specific event or a distinct period of time within a larger sequence, often within a narrative such as a television show, radio program, podcast, or a health condition. This could refer to a single airing or broadcast or a particular instance of a recurring event, or a single occurrence of a health condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Episodenoun

    a separate incident, story, or action, introduced for the purpose of giving a greater variety to the events related; an incidental narrative, or digression, separable from the main subject, but naturally arising from it

  2. Etymology: [Gr. a coming in besides, episode; into, besides + a coming in, into + way, cf. Skr. sad to go: cf. F. pisode.]


  1. Episode

    An episode is a part of a dramatic work such as a serial television or radio program. An episode is a part of a sequence of a body of work, akin to a chapter of a book. The term sometimes applies to works based on other forms of mass media as well, as in Star Wars. Episodes of news programs are also known as editions. Episodes which end in the middle of a climactic moment are often called cliffhangers, after the name used for early movie serials. Such episodes can be nearly daily occurrences in soap operas and are frequently used in season finales of many prime time shows. Episodes can be part of a larger story arc stretched out over a time period covering one or more seasons, or even an entire series run. This is especially prevalent in dramatic television series, including soap operas or science fiction series. Other genres to feature story arcs include comedies and animated programming.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Episode

    ep′i-sōd, n. a story introduced into a narrative or poem to give variety: an interesting incident.—adjs. Ep′isōdal, Episō′dial, Episōd′ic, Episōd′ical, pertaining to or contained in an episode: brought in as a digression.—adv. Episōd′ically, by way of episode: incidentally. [Gr. epeisodionepi, upon, eisodos, a coming in—eis, into, hodos, a way.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Episode' in Nouns Frequency: #1766

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Episode in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Episode in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Episode in a Sentence

  1. Walter ReedTrump physician:

    What he meant was that 24 hours ago when he and I were checking on The President, that there was that momentary episode of a high fever and that temporary drop in the saturation, which prompted us to act expediently to move him up here.

  2. Jan Van den Bulck:

    The episode ends, a character may or may not have died, and we’re hooked.

  3. Superintendent Deborah Bettencourt:

    This settlement is a fair resolution as our students, staff, and community continue to work together to learn from this episode and prevent another tragedy, our hearts continue to be with Ronin's family, and we support their efforts to promote kindness, empathy, and positive school climate.

  4. Robert Greenblatt:

    We like the idea that people watch weekly and look forward to the next episode and talk about it, newspapers write about the storylines. There is a sense of a shared experience.

  5. Steve Vladeck:

    I do think that what this [ Ginni Thomas ] episode underscores is that it would help if there were rules, and if those rules were clear, and if the justices did a better job of articulating exactly when they will and will not step back from a case.

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