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en passant

Line breaks: en pas|sant
Pronunciation: /ɒ̃ paˈsɑːnt
 
, ˈpasɒ̃/

Definition of en passant in English:

adverb

1By the way; incidentally: the singular distinction of being mentioned, en passant, in an Act of Parliament
More example sentences
  • Almost en passant, the album redefined the job and the self-image of the DJ.
Synonyms
2 Chess By the en passant rule.
Example sentences
  • Only pawns can be captured en passant.
  • If White plays another move he cannot then decide to capture en passant!

Origin

early 17th century: French, literally 'in passing'.

Phrases

en passant rule (or law)

1
Chess The rule that a pawn making a first move of two squares instead of one may nevertheless be immediately captured by an opposing pawn on the fifth rank.
Example sentences
  • Although you may play a hundred games, and never have to use the En Passant rule, you should know it if your opponent uses it.
  • This en passant rule must happen on the current move of the game.

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