en masse

\ äⁿ(n)-ˈmas , -ˈmäs , en- \

Definition of en masse 

: in a body : as a whole moved the inmates en masse to the new prison

Examples of en masse in a Sentence

Her supporters arrived en masse for the rally.

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As gang violence exploded in the U.S., authorities responded in the 1990s by deporting gang members en masse to Central America. Cindy Carcamo, latimes.com, "U.S. decision on asylum casts a pall over immigrants fleeing gang violence," 14 June 2018 After space ran out in San Francisco, civic leaders in 1912 ordered the cemeteries shut down and their occupants moved en masse to Colma. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Colma cemeteries rapidly running out of space for plots," 5 May 2018 Time will tell if the space will have people visiting en masse, but at the very least, puppies are certainly a good start. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "The Patios opens at City Hall Plaza, puppies and all," 4 May 2018 Dozens of entrepreneurs, made newly wealthy by blockchain and cryptocurrencies, are heading en masse to Puerto Rico this winter. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Making a Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico," 2 Feb. 2018 Americans love few things more than a sporting circus or an excuse to slink out of the office and play hooky from work en masse. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 Many are entering politics for the first time with the momentum from December’s special election, when Democrats turned out en masse to defeat Republican Roy Moore’s bid for US Senate and to elect Doug Jones. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Black women in Alabama helped defeat Roy Moore. Now they’re running for office in deep-red districts.," 5 June 2018 At the highest level, the children of the elite become verified as early as eight months old, even as the service bans others en masse for tweeting before the age of 13. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter's Power Users," 5 June 2018 His subjects came out en masse to celebrate, all in varied forms of glittering evening wear paired with sky high heels. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid and Josephine Skriver’s Backstage Secrets Are Revealed by Photographer Russell James," 1 June 2018

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of en masse

: as a single group : all together

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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