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en route

[ahn root, en; French ahn root] /ɑn ˈrut, ɛn; French ɑ̃ ˈrut/
adverb, adjective
on the way:
The plane crashed en route from Cairo to Athens.
Origin of en route
Borrowed into English from French around 1770-80 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for en route
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  • Calling at Trincomalee en route, the 'Sunbeam' next proceeded to Burmah.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • It is now past six; in less than ten minutes you can be en route.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Here I am again, en route, and sorely puzzled to know whither?

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • The very fact that you are en route gives a frankness and a freedom to all you say.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Let us not jostle and crowd each other too harshly, while we are en route.

British Dictionary definitions for en route

en route

/ɒn ˈruːt; French ɑ̃ rut/
on or along the way; on the road
Word Origin
C18: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for en route

1779, French, literally "on the way."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with en route

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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