Meaning of LEVY EN MASSE in English

|levē-, -vi- + pronunc at en masse noun

also le·vée en masse “ or lə|vā- ; or levy in mass

( plural levies en masse also levées en masse or levies in mass )

Etymology: levy en masse & levy in mass translation of French levée en masse, from levée levy + en masse; levée en masse from French

international law : the spontaneous act of the people of a territory not yet occupied by an enemy force of taking up arms for self-defense upon the approach of an enemy without having had time to organize in accordance with recognized rules of warfare

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.