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.

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British parachutists, including two D-Day veterans, jumped en masse into Sannerville, a village in Normandy where the fighting lasted for more than a month. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World leaders, local vets pause to remember D-Day, 75 years later," 6 June 2019 Recently, Democratic female members of the House of Representatives also wore white en masse during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech earlier this year, forming a visual bloc of women who are so over his misogynist rhetoric. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Alexander Wang Spring 2020 Was A Tribute To Iconic ‘90s Designers," 4 June 2019 In Mexico City, Mujica had said the capital was the caravan’s last official stop, but many of the migrants feared going solo on the dangerous final leg north and decided to keep travelling en masse. Washington Post, "Remnants of migrant caravan move toward US-Mexico border," 19 Apr. 2018 To be clear, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator didn’t mute all the nuisances of traveling en masse, but this land yacht certainly diminished the dissonance from the deep. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Lincoln Navigator outdoes Cadillac Escalade as most refined family hauler," 5 Mar. 2018 But, much like younger generations loathe to be on their parents’ social network, men may not flock en masse to one that skews so heavily toward females. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Pinterest Isn’t Picture Perfect Just Yet," 25 Mar. 2019 The players arrive en masse each morning, usually scrimmaging against each other. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "He quit a State Department job to play video games. Now he's a star in NBA's 2K League.," 9 July 2018 Plus, for now at least, most laptops and desktop PCs haven’t followed smartphones in murdering the trusty headphone jack en masse. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 That means families who have no knowledge of the US might be getting dumped en masse at bus stations in the middle of winter, many without winter clothing and all without guidance about what to do next. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump administration to release hundreds of immigrant families from detention," 27 Dec. 2018

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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: as a single group : all together

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