Think of your favorite TV show. It runs all year long, in weekly installments. Each of those individual programs is an episode, one part of a long series.

Episode, a term from Greek tragedy, refers to a section of a story. In the 19th century, Charles Dickens published chapters of his novels in weekly magazines, episodes that together made a novel. You can also use the word for events in your own life: "That was an unpleasant episode," when you're remembering a family fight, or, "Grandpa had a fainting episode." With the fighting and fainting, you can hope they're episodes, not the whole story.

Definitions of episode

n a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events

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drama, dramatic event
an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
a series of related events forming an episode
an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll
night terror
an emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings
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happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n a part of a broadcast serial

installment, instalment
an episode that ends in suspense
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broadcast, program, programme
a radio or television show

n a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series

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section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

n film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie

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film, photographic film
photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies

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