Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • One of the episodes is a never before seen episode, which is the title episode of the DVD.

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  • I think the Seinfeld poppy seed muffin episode is hilarious.

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  • It includes 6 episodes of the show that are new-to-DVD, plus the title episode that is seen for the first time anywhere, only on this disc!

    SpongeBob Vs The Big One (2009) | Happy Share

  • But Running With Scissors will always be, to me, the title episode of when Carrie and Big have an affair – season 3.

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  • A version of the title episode from Fantasia (1940) doesn't appear in Jon Turteltaub's plodding potboiler until two-thirds of the way through, but by that point, so many other blockbusters have been plagiarized, I was surprised that (SPOILER!) the

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  • In the title episode, the creatures of the "100 Aker Wood" help Christopher Robin after he has been bitten by a smitten (the love bug).

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  • The title episode, "Star Wreck", was previously available on a 2007 release called

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  • : Save the Nutcracker! includes the title episode plus three additional new-to-DVD episodes from the series.

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  • The title episode is accompanied by "Batmunk", which was on the series 'since-discontinued first DVD, and format-debuting "Robomunk."

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  • In the second installment of Back at the Barnyard the mischievous, fun loving cow Otis is ready to fight crime and protect all that is sacred in the title episode Cowman: The Uddered Avenger.

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