levy en masse

noun
\ ¦levē-, -vi- + pronunciation at en masse \
variants: or less commonly levée en masse \ " or lə¦vā-​ \ or levy in mass
plural levies en masse also levées en masse or levies in mass

Definition of levy en masse

international law
: the spontaneous act of the people of a territory not yet occupied by an enemy force of taking up arms for self-defense upon the approach of an enemy without having had time to organize in accordance with recognized rules of warfare

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for levy en masse

levy en masse & levy in mass translation of French levée en masse, from levée levy + en masse; levée en masse from French

Learn More About levy en masse

Dictionary Entries Near levy en masse

levy court

levy en masse

levynite

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for levy en masse

Cite this Entry

“Levy en masse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levy%20en%20masse. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!