Definition of en passant adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


en passant

BrE BrE//ˌɒ̃ ˈpæsɒ̃//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːn pɑːˈsɑːn//
(from French)
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while talking about something else and without giving much information He mentioned en passant that he was going away. Word Originearly 17th cent.: French, literally ‘in passing’.