en masse

en masse

[ahn mas, en; French ahn mas]
in a mass; all together; as a group: The people rushed to the gate en masse.

1795–1805; < French

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en masse (French ɑ̃ mas)
in a group, body, or mass; as a whole; all together
[C19: from French]

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Main Entry:  en masse1
Part of Speech:  adv
Definition:  in a mass; all together; as a whole
Etymology:  French
Main Entry:  en masse2
Part of Speech:  adv
Definition:  in general
Etymology:  French
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Word Origin & History

en masse
1802, from Fr., lit. "in mass."
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en masse [(ahn mas)]

A French phrase meaning “in a large body”: “The protestors left en masse for the White House.”

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Idioms & Phrases

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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