en passant

en pas·sant

adverb \ˌäⁿ-ˌpä-ˈsäⁿ, -pə-\

Definition of EN PASSANT

:  in passing
—used in chess of the capture of a pawn as it makes a first move of two squares by an enemy pawn that threatens the first of these squares

Examples of EN PASSANT

  1. <she mentioned en passant that she'd been to New York>

Origin of EN PASSANT

First Known Use: 1665


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