en passant

adverb

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

Examples of en passant in a Sentence

she mentioned en passant that she'd been to New York
Recent Examples on the Web The Burns book gives us, en passant, vivid mini-portraits of Milton’s colleagues at the University of Chicago. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of en passant was in 1665

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“En passant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20passant. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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