en passant

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adverb en pas·sant \ˌäⁿ-ˌpä-ˈsäⁿ, -pə-\

Definition of en passant

  1. 1 :  in passing

  2. 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

  1. <she mentioned en passant that she'd been to New York>

Origin and Etymology of en passant

French


First Known Use: 1665


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