Definition of en passant in English:

en passant


  • 1By the way; incidentally.

    ‘the group's disbandment was announced, almost en passant, by the president’
    • ‘Almost en passant, the album redefined the job and the self-image of the DJ.’
    in passing, incidentally, by the way, parenthetically, while on the subject, apropos
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    1. 1.1Chess By the en passant rule.
      • ‘Only pawns can be captured en passant.’
      • ‘If White plays another move he cannot then decide to capture en passant!’


Early 17th century: French, literally in passing.


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