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en British & World English

A unit of measurement equal to half an em and approximately the average width of typeset characters, used especially for estimating the total amount of space a text will require

en-2 British & World English

Within; inside

en-1 British & World English

(Added to nouns) forming verbs meaning ‘put into or on’

-en1 British & World English

Forming verbs:

-en2 British & World English

Forming adjectives from nouns:

-en3 British & World English

Forming past participles of strong verbs:

-en4 British & World English

Forming the plural of a few nouns such as children, oxen

-en5 British & World English

Forming diminutives of nouns (such as chicken, maiden)

-en6 British & World English

Forming feminine nouns

on pointe British & World English

On the tips of the toes

e'en1 British & World English

Literary form of even.

e'en2 British & World English

Scottish form of even.

en bloc British & World English

All together or all at the same time

en dash British & World English

Another term for en rule.

en face British & World English

Facing forwards

en fête British & World English

Holding or prepared for a party or celebration

en rule British & World English

A short dash (-) used in punctuation, in particular between figures to show a range (for example, 1939–45)

en daube British & World English

(Of meat) braised slowly in wine

en brosse British & World English

(Of a person’s hair) cut in a short and bristly style

en clair British & World English

(Especially of a telegram or official message) in ordinary language, rather than in code or cipher

en croute British & World English

In a pastry crust

en garde British & World English

A direction to be ready to fence, taking the opening position for action

en masse British & World English

In a group; all together

en poste British & World English

In an official diplomatic position at a particular place

en prise British & World English

(Of a piece or pawn) in a position to be taken

en route British & World English

During the course of a journey; on the way

en suite British & World English

(Of a bathroom) immediately adjoining a bedroom and forming part of the same set of rooms

en masse English Thesaurus

the Cabinet immediately resigned en masse

en route English Thesaurus

he was en route from Paris to Bordeaux

en cabochon British & World English

(Of a gem) polished but not faceted

en échelon British & World English

In approximately parallel formation at an oblique angle to a particular direction

en famille British & World English

With one’s family, or as a family

en passant British & World English

By the way; incidentally

en pension British & World English

As a boarder or lodger in a small hotel or private house

en primeur British & World English

(Of wine) newly produced and made available

en rapport British & World English

Having a close and harmonious relationship

en travesti British & World English

Dressed as a member of the opposite sex for a theatrical role

en passant English Thesaurus

the report mentions, en passant, certain features of the Danish system

en brochette British & World English

(Of a dish) cooked on a skewer

en papillote British & World English

(Of food) cooked and served in a paper wrapper

Chou En-lai British & World English

Variant of Zhou Enlai.

en plein air British & World English

(Chiefly with reference to painting) in the open air

tour en l'air British & World English

A movement in which a dancer jumps straight upwards and completes at least one full revolution in the air before landing

mise en place British & World English

(In a professional kitchen) the preparation of dishes and ingredients before the beginning of service

mise en scène British & World English

The arrangement of the scenery, props, etc. on the stage of a theatrical production or on the set of a film

Aix-en-Provence British & World English

A city in Provence in southern France; population 145,721 (2006)

de haut en bas British & World English

In a condescending or superior manner

en passant rule British & World English

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

en cocotte in cocotte British & World English

A small heatproof dish in which individual portions of food can be cooked and served


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