Meaning of “episode” in the English Dictionary

"episode" in British English

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episodenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈep.ɪ.səʊd/ us /ˈep.ə.soʊd/

episode noun [ C ] (EVENT)

B2 a single event or group of related events:

This latest episode in the fraud scandal has shocked a lot of people.
The drugs, the divorce, and the depression - it's an episode in his life that he wants to forget.

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  • The whole episode left me fuming at the injustice of it all.
  • It was just another episode in an ongoing saga of marriage problems.
  • The whole episode was a blatant attempt to gain publicity.
  • That was a funny episode in my life.
  • It was an episode in his life that he'd like to forget.

episode noun [ C ] (PART OF STORY)

B2 one of the single parts into which a story is divided, especially when it is broadcast on the television or radio


  • Next up on Channel 4 is the first episode of a new medical drama set in Chicago.
  • It's the penultimate episode of the series tonight.
  • It's my favourite TV programme - I never miss an episode.
  • I missed the second episode of the series so I don't know what's going on now.
  • It is her proud boast that she has never missed a single episode of the soap opera.

(Definition of “episode” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"episode" in American English

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episodenoun [ C ]

us /ˈep·əˌsoʊd/

a single event or group of related events:

That was an episode in my life that I’d like to forget.

literature An episode is a series of actions or events that take place at one time in a work of literature.

An episode is also one of the parts of a television or radio program that is given as a series over a period of time.

(Definition of “episode” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)