from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An incident or event that is part of a progression or a larger sequence: "South Africa may remain one of history's most tragic episodes” ( Bayard Rustin).
- n. One of a series of related events in the course of a continuous account. See Synonyms at occurrence.
- n. A portion of a narrative that relates an event or a series of connected events and forms a coherent story in itself; an incident: an episode in a picaresque novel.
- n. A separate part of a serialized work, such as a novel or play.
- n. A separate program that is part of a television or radio series.
- n. A section of a classic Greek tragedy that occurs between two choric songs.
- n. Music A passage between statements of a main subject or theme, as in a rondo or fugue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An incident or action standing out by itself, but more or less connected with a complete series of events.
- n. An installment of a drama told in parts, as in a TV series.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A separate incident, story, or action introduced in a poem, narrative, or other writing for the purpose of giving greater variety; an incidental narrative or digression separable from the main subject, but naturally arising from it.
- n. An incident or action standing out by itself, but more or less connected with a complete series of events: as, an episode of the war; an episode in one's life.
- n. In music, an intermediate or digressive section of a composition, especially in a contrapuntal work, like a fugue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events
- n. a part of a broadcast serial
- n. film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie
- n. a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series
French 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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)