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en masse

[ahn mas, en; French ahn mas] /ɑn ˈmæs, ɛn; French ɑ̃ ˈmas/
in a mass; all together; as a group:
The people rushed to the gate en masse.
Origin of en masse
1795-1805; < French Unabridged
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  • It was mass production—you did things by rote, en-masse—no individuality.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for en-masse

en masse

/French ɑ̃ mas/
in a group, body, or mass; as a whole; all together
Word Origin
C19: from French
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Contemporary definitions for en-masse

in general

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en masse

French, literally "in mass."

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en-masse in Culture
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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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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