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en route

[ahn root, en; French ahn root] /ɑn ˈrut, ɛn; French ɑ̃ ˈrut/
noun
1.
on the way:
The plane crashed en route from Cairo to Athens.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < French
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Examples from the web for en route
  • My truck arrived at my destination a day or two late because the driver ended up quitting while en route to the destination.
  • These letters would be sorted en route to the central transfer point.
  • But, en route, the suitcase and its priceless cargo were stolen.
  • Every outgoing train is crowded with tourists en route to their city homes or the mountain resorts.
  • en route, you'll also visit several places of worship.
  • She took a ship instead-which was promptly torpedoed en route.
  • Hear her talk about the ups and downs experienced en route to realizing her life dream.
  • en route you'll hike through castle ruins and roam small villages.
  • There are intriguing stops along each of these lines, leaving it up to the traveler to decide how long to linger en route.
  • The chef prepares four-star-quality meals with fresh ingredients purchased en route.
British Dictionary definitions for en route

en route

/ɒn ˈruːt; French ɑ̃ rut/
adverb
1.
on or along the way; on the road
Word Origin
C18: from French
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Word Origin and History for en route

1779, French, literally "on the way."

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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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