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en pas·sant(äN′ pä-säN′)
1. In passing; by the way; incidentally.
2. Used in reference to a move in chess in which a pawn that has just completed an initial advance to its fourth rank is captured by an opponent pawn as if it had only moved to its third rank.
[French : en, in + passant, passing.]
en passant(ɒn pæˈsɑːnt; French ɑ̃ pasɑ̃)
(Chess & Draughts) in passing: in chess, said of capturing a pawn that has made an initial move of two squares to its fourth rank, bypassing the square where an enemy pawn on its own fifth rank could capture it. The capture is made as if the captured pawn had moved one square instead of two
[C17: from French]
en pas•sant(ˌɑn pæˈsɑ̃, ˌɑ̃)
1. in passing.n.
2. a method by which a chess pawn that is moved two squares can be captured by an opponent's pawn commanding the square that was passed.
A French phrase meaning in passing, usually referring to remarks made.
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|Noun||1.||en passant - (chess) a chess pawn that is moved two squares can be captured by an opponent's pawn commanding the square that was passed|
capture - the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
|Adv.||1.||en passant - incidentally; in the course of doing something else; "he made this remark in passing"|