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en masse

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

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

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Origin of en masse

Borrowed into English from French around 1795–1805
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British Dictionary definitions for en masse

en masse
/ (French ɑ̃ mas) /

adverb

in a group, body, or mass; as a whole; all together
C19: from French
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Cultural 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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