[ ahn root, en; French ahn root ]
/ ɑn ˈrut, ɛn; French ɑ̃ ˈrut /
on the way: The plane crashed en route from Cairo to Athens.
What Are En Dashes?You don’t hear as much about them as other dashes, but you’ve most likely seen them around. En dashes (–) can denote a range or connect the endpoints of a route. They can also show a contrast or connection between two words. You can use them to replace the words to, and, or versus. An en dash is longer than a hyphen (–) and shorter …
Origin of en route
Borrowed into English from French around 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for en route
/ (ɒn ˈruːt, French ɑ̃ rut) /
on or along the way; on the road
Word Origin for en route
C18: from French
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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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