en bloc

adverb or adjective
\ äⁿ-ˈbläk How to pronounce en bloc (audio) \

Definition of en bloc

: as a whole : in a mass

Examples of en bloc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Democrats voted en bloc against nominees in committee. John Barrasso, WSJ, "Schumer’s Wages of ‘Resistance’," 6 Dec. 2020 Instead, each state delegation must cast its vote en bloc, with each state receiving just a single vote, allotted to the candidate who receives majority support in the delegation. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "What Happens If Neither Trump nor Biden Wins the Electoral College?," 9 Sep. 2020 That’s in part because there are two types of blackouts: fragmentary and en bloc. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Blackout drinking, explained for Brett Kavanaugh," 3 Oct. 2018 The Senate only ended up staying one additional week, and confirmed a host of additional nominees en bloc at the snap of the leader’s fingers. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "McConnell May Cancel August Recess To Keep Democrats From Going Home to Campaign," 16 May 2018 However Cordeiro was handed a massive boost after the influential, Athletes Council, which included several former professionals voted en bloc for Cordeiro. Steve Brenner/afp, chicagotribune.com, "Carlos Cordeiro elected new US Soccer president," 10 Feb. 2018 And the Democratic party has by no means come around on the issue en bloc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Will the Liberals Take the Lead on Trade?," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of en bloc

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“En bloc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20bloc. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of en bloc

chiefly British : as or in a united group : all together

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