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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Once again, electric cars were the talk of the show, but the lengthy timelines put forth illustrate that for many car makers their arrival en masse at showrooms could still be a ways off. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Detroit Auto Show Highlights Big SUVs, High-Performance Vehicles," 15 Jan. 2019 In April, celebs descended upon California Coachella festival en masse; but Lili and Cole skipped the music and crowds in favor of an island getaway instead. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Best Moments of 2018," 28 Dec. 2018 Then Steam added refunds, and killed the Daily/Flash deals to prevent people from buying a game, seeing a better price the next day, and refunding it en masse. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The 2018 Steam Winter Sale is here with steep savings and free daily gifts," 20 Dec. 2018 The caravan is absolutely not, no way, no how, going to be able to push its way en masse across the US-Mexico border — even if the US military doesn’t get involved. Dara Lind, Vox, "The migrant caravan, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 People were submitting comments en masse after comedian John Oliver asked viewers of his program Last Week Tonight to oppose Pai's net neutrality repeal. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC lied to Congress about made-up DDoS attack, investigation found," 8 Aug. 2018 Everyone learned immediately that tunnels and bridges move people far, far more expeditiously, en masse. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "The New Ferry Fleet Will Be Delightful, and Is Also a Huge Mistake," 5 May 2018 Yet for hundreds of migrants who arrived in this border city this week after a month traveling en masse across Mexico, perhaps the hardest part is to come. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "After Arduous Journey, Migrants See Stubborn Obstacle: Trump," 26 Apr. 2018 The dance floor, punctuated by clouds of pot smoke, was full of bodies moving en masse with couples making out on the fringes against heavy velvet curtains. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "Drake night? Kanye night? Which of Philly's single artist parties is worth the cover," 8 Mar. 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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