- An example of an episode is The Two Towers of the Lord of the Rings series.
- An example of an episode is an act from Phrynichus' Fall of Miletus.
- the part of an ancient Greek tragedy between two choric songs: it corresponds to an act
- in a novel, narrative poem, etc., a portion of the story considered as a unit
- any event or series of events complete in itself but forming part of a larger one: an episode in the war
- any installment of a serialized story or drama
- Music a passage or section digressing from a main theme, as in a fugue or rondo
Origin of episodeClassical Greek epeisodion, addition, episode, origin, originally neuter of epeisodios, following upon the entrance ; from epi-, upon + eisodos, an entrance ; from eis-, into + hodos, way, road ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sed-, to go
- a. A separate part of a serialized work, such as a novel or television series.b. A section of a classic Greek tragedy that occurs between two choric songs.
- a. An incident or event that is part of a progression or a larger sequence: “one brief, if distressing, episode in a life rich in adventures, challenges, sorrows and joys” (Elizabeth Speller).b. One of a series of events in the course of a narrative or drama. See Synonyms at occurrence.
- Music A passage between statements of a main subject or theme, as in a rondo or fugue.
Origin of episodeFrench épisode, from Greek epeisodion, parenthetic narrative, from neuter of epeisodios, coming in besides : epi-, epi- + eisodios, entering (eis, into; see en in Indo-European roots + hodos, way, journey).
From French épisode, from New Latin *episodium, from Ancient Greek ἐπεισόδιον (epeisodion, “a parenthetic addition, episode”), neuter of ἐπεισόδιος (epeisodios, “following upon the entrance, coming in besides, adventitious”), from ἐπί (epi, “on”) + εἰς (eis, “into”) + ὀδός (odos, “way”).