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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ If my father won't agree to the marriage, we'll just have to elope.
▪ Mary fell in love with Shelley and eloped with him to the Continent in 1814.
▪ A year later, on September 3, 1946, they eloped.
▪ But none, I assure you, of an age or inclination to elope with an adolescent foreigner!
▪ Even a year later, she could not accept the fact that her only daughter had eloped.
▪ Just today one of the missionary school youth was about to elope with his new amour.
▪ Or were you going to elope?
▪ Paris was mooted but when Henrietta could not find her passport they eloped to Edinburgh.
▪ They were unable to marry because of their different stations in life, and so eloped and fled to western Ireland.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Elope \E*lope"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Eloped; p. pr. & vb. n. Eloping.] [D. ontloopen to run away; pref. ont- (akin to G. ent-, AS. and-, cf. E. answer) + loopen to run; akin to E. leap. See Leap, v. t.] To run away, or escape privately, from the place or station to which one is bound by duty; -- said especially of a woman or a man, either married or unmarried, who runs away with a paramour or a sweetheart.

Great numbers of them [the women] have eloped from their allegiance.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "to run off," probably from Middle Dutch (ont)lopen "run away," from ont- "away from" (from Proto-Germanic *und- which also gave the first element in until) + lopen "to run," from Proto-Germanic *hlaupan (source also of Old English hleapan; see leap (v.)). Sense of "run away in defiance of parental authority to marry secretly" is 19c. \n

\nIn support of this OED compares Old English uðleapan, "the technical word for the 'escaping' of a thief." However there is an Anglo-French aloper "run away from a husband with one's lover" (mid-14c.) which complicates this etymology; perhaps it is a modification of the Middle Dutch word, with Old French es-, or it is a compound of that and Middle English lepen "run, leap" (see leap (v.)).\n

\nThe oldest Germanic word for "wedding" is represented by Old English brydlop (cognates: Old High German bruthlauft, Old Norse bruðhlaup), literally "bride run," the conducting of the woman to her new home. Related: Eloped; eloping.


vb. 1 (context intransitive of a married person English) To run away from home with a paramour. 2 (context intransitive of an unmarried person English) To run away secretly for the purpose of getting married with one's intended spouse; to marry in a quick or private fashion, especially without a public period of engagement. 3 (context intransitive dated English) To run away from home (for any reason).


v. run away secretly with one's beloved; "The young couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas" [syn: run off]

Usage examples of "elope".

If someone charged her with bigamy, he added, he would spring her from jail and elope somewhere that was out of the local jurisdiction.

THe WOMAN NEXT DOOR Prologue Given their druthers, Amanda and Graham would have eloped.

In fact, the on-dit is that Fanny is not the first heiress he has made up to: there was some silly girl who was ready to elope with him, if you please, only last year!

The scheme was for me to elope with him during holy week, and to run away to Ferrara, where he had an uncle who would have given us a kind welcome, and would soon have brought his father to forgive him and to insure our happiness for life.

She said that feeling certain that her mother would not give her consent to her marriage, she had eloped with her lover, who had got together enough money to go to Naples, and when they reached that town he would marry her.

By a week in advance Kou and Drou were considering eloping out of sheer panic, having lost all control of everything whatsoever to their eager helpers.

When I had learned of the man with whom Lorel had eloped, I was caught in an emotion so deep, in a pain and rage so encompassing, it had carried me forward on this desperate journey.

Uncle Lorimer advising him that she and Robbie were eloping to Scotland.

Like Mrs Floore, he felt that to elope in anything less than a chaise-and-four was odiously shabby, but there was no help for it.

It beckoned more and more with every wretched year that passed: the Kaiserstadt, the Imperial City - but I was seventeen before I got away and then I went like a foolish girl in an operetta, eloping with a young lieutenant stationed in the little town to which I went each day to work as a sewing maid in an orphanage.

An elderly Arab merchant had charged the youngest and comeliest of his four wives with having abandoned him and eloped to the tent of a young and good-looking Russniak.

She had been engaged to the Earl of Wendover, and it was after the banns had been read the third time that she eloped to Gretna with Lord Snelgar.

But then he seemed able to deal with any and every situation that occurred with unerring self-confidence, from petty thieves and amateur whipsters to eloping couples and driving a coach and four, not to mention giving orders to ostlers and innkeepers and making one and all jump to obey.

After playing all sorts of tricks, she leaves her husband, and elopes with the youth Kamar to Cairo, where his parents reside.

The night before, it was afterwards discovered, Madame de Lassa had eloped with a tall footman, taking the Nubian Sidi with them.