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
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Examples from the Web for en route

  • En-route we passed a number of ruined villages with scarcely a house left and with but few inhabitants.

  • He looked his courteous thanks, and soon was with them en-route for Stoneborough.

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British Dictionary definitions for en route

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

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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