• WordNet 3.6
    • n elopement the act of running away with a lover (usually to get married)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Elopement The act of eloping; secret departure; -- said of a woman and a man, one or both, who run away from their homes for marriage or for cohabitation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elopement A running away; an escape; private or unlicensed departure from the place or station to which one is bound by duty or law: specifically applied to the running away of a woman, married or unmarried, with a lover.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elopement a secret departure, esp. of a woman with a man
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “If it were not for the presents, an elopement would be preferable.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Old Dut. ontlōpen, Ger. entlaufen, to run away.


In literature:

After the birth of two children, a separation followed; and he eloped with Miss Godwin in 1814.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
They fixed a day for the elopement.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
We hear, incidentally, that she never actually eloped with her Philip after all.
"Why the Chimes Rang: A Play in One Act" by Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden
Miss Simpson guesses it is an elopement, I think, but I haven't told her so.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
And quite right, too, thought Chaldea, although she had no notion of permitting such an elopement to take place.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
Sincerely gracious one morning, sincerely graciously trembling, sincere in gracious eloping, all this makes a furnace and a blanket.
"Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein
They would be married to-night; they were eloping even at this palpitant instant!
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
As soon as grammar shows a sympathetic fraction then the time to elope is the same as richness.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
I would like to elope this very evening.
"Dorothy Dale's Queer Holidays" by Margaret Penrose
The newspapers of the summer of 1884 were full of elopements.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
Helgi, Harald's son, N. Ronaldsay, elopes with Helga Ulfsdatter.
"Sutherland and Caithness in Saga-Time" by James Gray
Maurice's elopement won't upset the universe.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
Could my lady have eloped?
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Of course, he would not consent to their union, and she determined to disappear and elope.
"Strange Pages from Family Papers" by T. F. Thiselton Dyer
A very pretty elopement please!
"Juliana Horatia Ewing And Her Books" by Horatia K. F. Eden
In six weeks I'll be ready to elope from yez.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
For the day of our elopement, beloved, thou wearest mourning!
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
It was surely not worth while making me elope with you, in order that you might treat me in this fashion!
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
His unsympathetic attitude toward the elopement was intolerable.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
They planned what only half in fun she called their elopement.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro

In poetry:

Tallulah and I were just married
We'd each led a solitary life
Her husband eloped with a woman
In mistake for another man¹s wife.
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
If preachers, forgetting the Master of old
And the banner of light He unfurled,
Elope with the fairest ewe-lambs of the fold,--
It is only the way of the world.
"The Way Of The World" by Freeman Edwin Miller
With other sorrows Bernard coped,
For sorrows came in packs;
His cousins with their housemaids sloped -
His uncles forged - his aunts eloped -
His sisters married blacks.
"A Worm Will Turn" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And with sailor Jack she eloped in his smack
I've searched all round but can't spot 'em
I know they're afloat, and if I find that boat
I know one smack that's going to the bottom.
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
Thus worldlings lean on broken props,
And idly weave their cobweb-hopes,
And hang o'er hell by spider's ropes,
Whilst sins enthral;
Affliction blows, their joy elopes,
And down they fall!
"The Spider And The Fly" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Woe to the House of Breffni, and to the red O'Ruark woe!
And woe to us in Erinn for the shame which laid us low!
And cursed be you, Dearvorgil, who eloped into the south,
And made war loud in Erinn with the smiling of your mouth.
"False Dearvorgil" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

) and took a cab to get my makeup done — just because a girl's eloping doesn't mean she wants to look sloppy.
) and took a cab to get my makeup done—just because a girl's eloping doesn't mean she wants to look sloppy.
One of the things N and I have heard time and time again from our friends is to "just elope .".
Could Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy be thinking about eloping .
Wondering if others have had the same experience with their children eloping and after-parties, I called on some wedding experts like Meg Keene, the founder and editor in chief of the Web site A Practical Wedding.com.
Fiance and I "Might Elope ".
In an allegedly leaked memo to Engadget, Elop pointed out the shortcomings of the company's product line.
We've decided it's a better idea to wait until after we get married to tell the families because I'm sure my mother would never stand for an elopement .
Kate Hudson wants A-Rod to elope , but he's not ready to put a ring on it.
The siblings had "significantly lower rates of elopement across all ages compared with children with ASD," the study said.
We're not trying to unseat it as the quickie wedding capital, but we'd like to point out that there are elopement alternatives to suit every style.
The video depicts Vegas and a shotgun style wedding or a couple that has eloped.
After just two days of dating, the couple eloped in 2003 -- but split seven months later.
Nokia to Cut 10,000 Jobs as Elop Tries to Stanch Losses.
" After months of discussions, many of which were filled with me asking, "Why don't we just elope.

In science:

The universal env eloping algebra U l is clearly R (l).
Conformal blocks revisited
While the core aim of parameterized complexity is to identify problems that are fixed-parameter tractable, it has also dev eloped an extensive complexity theory, allowing to prove hardness results, e.g., that certain problems are (most probably) not FPT.
Parameterized Complexity of Problems in Coalitional Resource Games
This bet has significant impact on further technological dev elopments. A simple transposition of the conclusions reached for CMB anisotropies does not hold a priori, as the polarized and total emission of the atmosphere and the foregrounds do not necessarily peak at the same scales and frequencies.
Polarization experiments
We dev eloped a PSF specification for the compiler from which we deri ved a speci fication of the compiler as a T oolBus application. The ToolBus is a coordination architecture for software applications developed at the CWI (Amsterdam) and the University of Amsterdam.
Software (Re-)Engineering with PSF II: from architecture to implementation
For such processes we like to dev elop vertical implementation relations that, given an abstract process S and a concrete process I , tells us if I is an implementation for the speci fication S .
Software (Re-)Engineering with PSF II: from architecture to implementation
To maintain full control of the error budget and extract the maximal amount of information from the available data, we implemented and used independent software tools specifically dev eloped for this project.
TASTE: The Asiago Search for Transit timing variations of Exoplanets. I. Overview and improved parameters for HAT-P-3b and HAT-P-14b