en route

[ahn root, en; French ahn root]
noun
on the way: The plane crashed en route from Cairo to Athens.

Origin:
1770–80; < French

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en route (ɒn ˈruːt, French ɑ̃ rut)
 
adv
on or along the way; on the road
 
[C18: from French]

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Word Origin & History

en route
Fr., lit. "on the way," from en- "make, put in" + route (see route).
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Idioms & Phrases

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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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