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-en

-en
Definitions
  1. A suffix from AS. -an, formerly used to form the plural of many nouns, as in ashen, eyen, oxen, all obs. except oxen. In some cases, such as children and brethren, it has been added to older plural forms.
  2. A suffix corresponding to AS. -en and -on, formerly used to form the plural of verbs, as in housen, escapen.
  3. A suffix signifying to make, to cause, used to form verbs from nouns and adjectives; as in strengthen, quicken, frighten. This must not be confused with -en corresponding in Old English to the AS. infinitive ending -an.
  4. AS. -en; akin to Goth. -eins, L. -inus, Gr. . An adjectival suffix, meaning made of; as in golden, leaden, wooden.
  5. AS. -en; akin to Skr. -na. The termination of the past participle of many strong verbs; as, in broken, gotten, trodden.
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Armed en flute

  • . (Naut.) See under Flute.
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Armed en flûte

  • (Nav.), partially armed.
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Battery en écharpe

  • one that plays obliquely.
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Chateau en Espagne

  • F., a castle in Spain, that is, a castle in the air, Spain being the region of romance.
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chou en-lai

  • noun Chinese revolutionary and communist leader (1898-1976)
    Chou En-lai.
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egg en cocotte

  • noun egg cooked individually in cream or butter in a small ramekin
    shirred egg; baked egg.
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en bloc

  • adverb all together
    as a group; en bloc.
    • the students turned out en masse
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en clair

  • adverb in ordinary language
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en deshabille

  • adjective satellite partly dressed in a loose or careless manner
    in dishabille.
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en famille

  • adverb in a casual way at home
    • we'll have dinner en famille
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en garde

  • adjective satellite (fencing) in a defensive stance
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en masse

  • adverb all together
    as a group; en bloc.
    • the students turned out en masse
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en passant

  • noun (chess) a chess pawn that is moved two squares can be captured by an opponent's pawn commanding the square that was passed
  • adverb incidentally; in the course of doing something else
    in passing.
    • he made this remark in passing
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en route

  • adverb on a route to some place
    on the way.
    • help is on the way
    • we saw him on the way to California
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En` route"
Etymology
F.
Definitions
  1. On the way or road.
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en-

En-
Definitions
  1. F. en-, L. in. A prefix signifying in or into, used in many English words, chiefly those borrowed from the French. Some English words are written indifferently with en- or in-. For ease of pronunciation it is commonly changed to em- before p, b, and m, as in employ, embody, emmew. It is sometimes used to give a causal force, as in enable, enfeeble, to cause to be, or to make, able, or feeble; and sometimes merely gives an intensive force, as in enchasten. See In-.
  2. A prefix from Gr. in, meaning in; as, encephalon, entomology. See In-.
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en-lil

  • noun god of the air and king of the Sumerian gods
    Enlil.
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filet de boeuf en croute

  • noun rare-roasted beef tenderloin coated with mushroom paste in puff pastry
    beef Wellington.
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Flank en potence

  • (Mil.), any part of the right or left wing formed at a projecting angle with the line.
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levee en masse

Le*vée" en` masse" (Also<
  • Levee en masse
  • Levée en masse
)
Etymology
F.
Definitions
  1. See Levy in mass, under Levy, n.
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levy en masse

  • noun the act of drafting into military service
    levy.
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mise en scene

  • noun arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
    setting; stage setting.
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zhou en-lai

  • noun Chinese revolutionary and communist leader (1898-1976)
    Chou En-lai.
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