The act of eloping
* 1814 , Jane Austen, Mansfield Park , chapter 46
* 1869 , Louisa May Alcott, Little Women , chapter 27
- You may not have heard of the last blow-- Julia's elopement ; she is gone to Scotland with Yates.
- ...Jo...was already deep in the concoction of her story, being unable to decide whether the duel should come before the elopement or after the murder.
(of a married person) To run away from home with a paramour.
(of an unmarried person) 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.
* 1813 , Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
* 1996 , "Introduction", in The Piozzi Letters: Correspondence of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1784-1821 (formerly Mrs. Thrale), Volume 4, 1805-1810 (eds. Edward A. Bloom & Lillian D. Bloom), Associated University Presses (1996), ISBN 0874133939,
- My younger sister has left all her friends-- has eloped ; has thrown herself into the power of-- of Mr. Wickham.
* 2009 , Jan Springer, Intimate Stranger , Ellora's Cave (2009), ISBN 9781419921735,
- Although Cecilia was the youngest of the surviving Thrale daughters, she had been the first to marry, eloping to Gretna Green in 1795 with John Meredith Mostyn of neighboring Llewesog Lodge. Both were underage.
* 2012 , Shirley Jump, One Day to Find a Husband , Harlequin (2012), ISBN 9780373178216,
- Although they had eloped in Vegas, she'd insisted he wear a tuxedo and she buy a wedding dress at one of the local stores.
(dated) To run away from home (for any reason).
* 1782 , Frances Burney, Cecilia
- They knew each other for maybe a month before they eloped in Vegas.
* c. 1794 , Jane Austen, Lady Susan
- He had been intended by his father for trade, but his spirit, soaring above the occupation for which he was designed, from repining led him to resist, and from resisting, to rebel. He eloped from his friends, and contrived to enter the army.
- That horrid girl of mine has been trying to run away. I had not a notion of her being such a little devil before, she seemed to have all the Vernon milkiness; but on receiving the letter in which I declared my intention about Sir James, she actually attempted to elope ; at least, I cannot otherwise account for her doing it. She meant, I suppose, to go to the Clarkes in Staffordshire, for she has no other acquaintances.