Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In one group or body; all together: The protesters marched en masse to the capitol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. in a single body or group; together

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In mass; all together: as, the audience rose en masse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. all together

Etymologies

French : en, in + masse, mass.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Times critic had just vivisected en masse in an article called.

    Mistress of Justice

  • In addition to firing occasionally, they called us all sorts of bad names, made indecent gestures, and aggravated us, so that between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon, by an inexplicable concert of action, and with a serious breach of discipline, a large number of the men and many of the officers broke en masse from the camp with loud yells and charged the offending savages.

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  • Writing his friend, the Virginia delegate Joseph Jones, Washington confirmed that dissatisfaction in the ranks had risen to an “alarming height,” and that officers had been planning to resign en masse before agreeing at the last minute to await the outcome of the memorial.

    Robert Morris

  • The employees of PTSI, having heard the emergency evacuation signal, headed en masse for the underground shelters, only to find, as the huge, electronically controlled iron doors swung open, that there were things waiting for them inside.

    Time Was

  • Why would all those marsupials – ranging from tiny pouched mice through koalas and bilbys to giant kangaroos and Diprotodonts – why would all those marsupials, but no placentals at all, have migrated en masse from Mount Ararat to Australia?

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • When Richard and his team were led on deck the next morning they understood why evacuation from the orlop had been a gradual business; Ceres had the use of a certain number of lighters, but not nearly enough, even with men jammed in, to ferry the convicts en masse to their places of work.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Another was a change in a regulatory gene called spoT, which affected en masse how fifty-nine other genes work, either increasing or decreasing their activity.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • While Richard went down to the Council House and made such a nuisance of himself to various Corporation slugs that the honey-sledges actually arrived en masse to empty the privy vault, rinse it several times, and then tip the result of all this activity into the Froom at the Key Head right next door to the fish markets.

    Morgan’s Run

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