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en-2 British & World English

Within; inside

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-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

en New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

unit of measurement equal to half an em, approximately the average width of typeset characters;

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 bloc New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

all together or all at the same time

en fête New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

prepared for a party or celebration

en rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

a short dash, the width of an en, used especially between figures (the 1939–45 war); set with no space either side

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 brosse New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(of hair) short and bristly

en clair New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

in ordinary language rather than in code

en poste New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

in an official diplomatic position

en suite New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(of a bathroom) immediately adjoining a bedroom


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