Definitions

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

  • adv. On or along the way: We are en route to the museum. The store is en route.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. On the way.
  • adj. along the way;

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On the way or road.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On the way; upon the road.

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

  • adv. on a route to some place

Etymologies

French : en, on + route, route.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French en ("on") + route ("route") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One carload of photographers pursued Aldrin and his wife, en route to buy him a new suit for what was to be a one-day, coast-to-coast Apollo 11 celebration tour, even after Aldrin diverted into Ellington Air Force Base.

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  • In 1916, en route to Russia on a diplomatic mission, Kitchener drowned with all hands when HMS Hampshire struck a German mine off the north of Scotland.

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  • Fumbling in the pitch black of their Idaho hotel room, where they had stopped en route to their final destination, Jan switched on the bedside lamp and stood for a moment in the circle of reassuring yellow light.

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  • Nestled into the warm embrace of the Wasatch Mountains is Salt Lake City, the state capital and a shining gateway for hundreds of thousands en route to a better life.

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  • Vidalin, which we carrried in our car en route to Seattle.

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  • As if to break the pattern of my getting lost en route to golf, getting to Golf Club Garlenda proved not difficult.

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  • T. J. Nixon, the carrier was en route to “an assigned area.”

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  • I spun around and got bumped and jostled on both sides by handbag-carrying Condé Nast types giggling and smoking en route to a birthday party.

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  • For coded movement reports of Japanese warships en route to Hitokappu Bay in November 1941, see the SRN documents in RG 457, MMRB, Archives II.

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  • On the afternoon of July 6, at Green Spring, Cornwallis did everything he could to create the impression that almost his whole army had crossed the James River en route to Portsmouth and that only his rear guard remained.

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