[ahn root, en; French ahn root]
- on the way: The plane crashed en route from Cairo to Athens.
Origin of en route
Borrowed into English from French around 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for en route
- on or along the way; on the road
C18: from French
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Word Origin and History for en route
1779, French, literally "on the way."
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Idioms and Phrases with en route
On or along the way, as in We'll pick up Dan en route to the restaurant, or We can finish our discussion en route. This French term was adopted into English in the late 1700s.
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