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Definitions for en masse
ɑn ˈmæs, ɑ̃en masse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. en masse, en bloc, as a groupadverb

    all together

    "the students turned out en masse"


  1. en masseadverb

    in a single body or group; together


  1. en masse

    Many words in the English vocabulary are of French origin, most coming from the Anglo-Norman spoken by the upper classes in England for several hundred years after the Norman Conquest, before the language settled into what became Modern English. English words of French origin, such as art, competition, force, machine, and table are pronounced according to English rules of phonology, rather than French, and are commonly used by English speakers without any consciousness of their French origin. This article, on the other hand, covers French words and phrases that have entered the English lexicon without ever losing their character as Gallicisms: they remain unmistakably "French" to an English speaker. They are most common in written English, where they retain French diacritics and are usually printed in italics. In spoken English, at least some attempt is generally made to pronounce them as they would sound in French; an entirely English pronunciation is regarded as a solecism. Some of them were never "good French", in the sense of being grammatical, idiomatic French usage. Some others were once normal French but have become very old-fashioned, or have acquired different meanings and connotations in the original language, to the extent that they would not be understood (either at all, or in the intended sense) by a native French speaker.

Anagrams for en masse »

  1. enseams

  2. meaness

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of en masse in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of en masse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of en masse in a Sentence

  1. Scott Bryan:

    We will have millions to billions of individuals of tens of different species all arriving en masse along our coastline, all healthy and potentially finding a new home.

  2. Cho Hyun-woo:

    If you kill the technology that can make these ships when they are ordered en masse starting 2018, it's painfully obvious the technology will go to China or Japan.

  3. Armen Gasparyan:

    If banks from the top 30 get into trouble, the government will have to save them at any price, it would be very painful for such a bank to go under, as it could spark a crisis of confidence in which the population withdraws deposits en masse and interbank lending rates spike.

  4. Flavia Mwangovya:

    Anecdotal evidence, including various reports from police and activists, indicate that in some communities there has been an increase, including girls being subject to FGM en masse.

  5. Lisa Dadio:

    We saw what most of us in the profession knew was going to happen, crime just skyrocketed, and [there are a] lack of resources. The pandemic definitely didn't help with officers getting sick and dying and not being able to perform their duties due to the pandemic. … [Police departments] were not hiring and, en masse, police officers retired throughout the country.

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