Definition of en passant in English:

en passant

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


  • 2 Chess By the en passant rule.
    More example sentences
    • Only pawns can be captured en passant.
    • If White plays another move he cannot then decide to capture en passant!


en passant rule (or law)

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.
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  • 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.


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

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