\ äⁿ(n)-ˈrüt , en-, in-, -ˈrau̇t \

Definition of en route

: on or along the way he reads en route arrived early despite en route delays

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Adut Akech, a model born in what is now South Sudan while her mother was en route to a refugee camp in Kenya, made her international debut with Saint Laurent. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Lucky Stars," 17 Jan. 2019 And the two have been snapped, multiple times, in their athleisure wear, en route to and from the gym. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Just Gave All of Us a Huge Fitness Challenge," 21 Jan. 2019 No deficit was too big en route to six victories in a row, tied for the Phils’ longest winning streak since September 2012. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' whole is greater than sum of their parts, as All-Star voting proves | Extra Innings," 9 July 2018 According to Fox 6, Bruno received a video tip of Armoni getting on a Greyhound bus in Milwaukee en route to Chicago. Montana Couser, The Root, "‘I Believe If My Daughter Was a White Girl, They Would Have Taken All My Leads Seriously’: Mother of Missing 16-Year-Old," 5 July 2018 Trump spoke about the WTO aboard Air Force One en route to Bedminster, New Jersey. Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Wants Better WTO Treatment, Adviser Hits Back at Critics," 30 June 2018 Since the beginning of 2018, around 785 people have died en route, compared to 87 at the US-Mexico border and 82 in sub-Saharan Africa, according to IOM data. Sarah El Sirgany And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "With 100 killed, Tunisia boat wreck becomes year's deadliest migrant disaster," 5 June 2018 In Origin, the passengers wake up from stasis, en route to the distant planet Thea. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "YouTube’s tech-noir series Origin is Lost… in space," 14 Nov. 2018 Shu-Sei joined us en route to Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the three Grand Shrines that tether the UNESCO site. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Trail With AdventureWomen and a 70-Year-Old Japanese Priestess," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of en route

1779, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of en route

: on or along the way when you are going to a place

en route

\ än-ˈrüt \

Kids Definition of en route

: on or along the way I finished my homework en route to school.

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