: 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 Just six months ago, OpenAI was a model of unity as hundreds of employees and managers threatened to quit the startup en masse unless cofounder Sam Altman was rehired as CEO. Sharon Goldman, Fortune, 23 May 2024 Their concern is not that the city’s Black voters will gravitate en masse toward Mr. Trump, but that too many of them, apathetic about their choices, might simply stay home. Katie Glueck, New York Times, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for en masse 

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Word History



First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of en masse was in 1795

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“En masse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20masse. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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en masse

: in a body : as a whole

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