en passant

en pas·​sant | \ ˌäⁿ-ˌpä-ˈsäⁿ How to pronounce en passant (audio) , -pə- \

Definition of en passant

1 : in passing
2 used in chess of the capture of a pawn as it makes a first move of two squares by an enemy pawn that threatens the first of these squares

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Examples of en passant in a Sentence

she mentioned en passant that she'd been to New York

First Known Use of en passant

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“En passant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20passant. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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