en masse

\ äⁿ(n)-ˈmas How to pronounce en masse (audio) , -ˈmäs, en- How to pronounce en masse (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web When the pandemic subsides and people resume flying en masse again, there may be a new way to get from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport: by helicopter. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Thousands of Chicago vaccinations postponed, Madigan resigns from Illinois House and home beer delivery could be here to stay," 19 Feb. 2021 However, today several family members assembled en masse for the first time since March to thank volunteers and key workers at Windsor Castle. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Looks Festive in Red as the Royal Family Reunites for the First Time Since March," 8 Dec. 2020 And so, instead of standing alongside one person or even two and thrusting them into the spotlight, his cast of aides and Cabinet members has debuted en masse. Washington Post, "Biden is building a team that looks like the people it serves," 1 Dec. 2020 Hong Kong’s remaining pro-democracy lawmakers responded by resigning en masse. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democracy Dies in the Open," 11 Nov. 2020 Protesters mostly stayed in the park and did not march en masse. oregonlive, "Portland protesters, police attempt dialogue in Director Park Friday," 7 Nov. 2020 Normally, an assault on a nest would provoke the hornets to attack en masse. Megan Molteni, Wired, "What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets," 28 Oct. 2020 At the University of Missouri, for example, more than 60 football players marched in June from their campus to a local courthouse to register en masse shortly after George Floyd's death. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "These college coaches are working to drive voter turnout among athletes," 26 Oct. 2020 Among the many adjustments UPAF made in 2020 was converting its annual Ride for the Arts to a virtual event with participants riding, walking or running from anywhere, rather than bicycling en masse. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "United Performing Arts Fund raises nearly $11.7 million, better than expected in pandemic year," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of en masse

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“En masse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20masse. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of en masse

: as a single group : all together

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