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English definition of “en passant”

en passant

adverb     /ˌɒ̃ˈpæs.ɒ̃/ US  /ˌɑ̃ː.pæˈsɑ̃ː/ formal
If you say something en passant, you mention something quickly while talking about something else: She mentioned, en passant, that she'd been in Brighton the previous week.Quoting and making referencesForeign words and phrases used in English
(Definition of en passant adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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