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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
1770-80; < French Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • At an early hour yesterday morning, about 100 English congregated at the gate of Charenton en route for London.

  • The 1st Cavalry Division was now also en route for the northern theatre.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • Forrest himself was expected to pass through Meridian that evening, en route for Mobile.

  • In ten minutes after, they were trekking to the south-east, en route for Port Natal.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Once a cathedral, always a cathedral was the theory which led us to Lisieux en route for Bayeux.

    Cathedral Cities of France Herbert Marshall
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.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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