en masse

[ ahn mas, en; French ahn mas ]
/ ɑn ˈmæs, ɛn; French ɑ̃ ˈmas /

adverb

in a mass; all together; as a group: The people rushed to the gate en masse.

Nearby words

  1. en déshabillé,
  2. en face,
  3. en famille,
  4. en fête,
  5. en garde,
  6. en papillote,
  7. en passant,
  8. en pension,
  9. en plein,
  10. en plein air

Origin of en masse

Borrowed into English from French around 1795–1805

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Examples from the Web for en masse

  • 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

/ (French ɑ̃ mas) /

adverb

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

Word Origin for en masse

C19: from French

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Word Origin and History for en masse

en masse

French, literally "in mass."

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Culture definitions for en masse

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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