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en masse

[ahn mas, en; French ahn mas]
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adverb
  1. in a mass; all together; as a group: The people rushed to the gate en masse.

Origin of en masse

Borrowed into English from French around 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for en masse

Historical Examples

  • It was mass production—you did things by rote, en-masse—no individuality.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney


British Dictionary definitions for en masse

en masse

adverb
  1. in a group, body, or mass; as a whole; all together

Word Origin

C19: from French
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Word Origin and History for en masse

French, literally "in mass."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

en masse in Culture

en masse

[(ahn mas)]

A French phrase meaning “in a large body”: “The protesters left en masse for the White House.”

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Idioms and Phrases with en masse

en masse

In one group or body; all together. For example, The activists marched en masse to the capitol. This French term, with exactly the same meaning, was adopted into English about 1800.

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