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[ahn-trey] /ˈɑn treɪ/
a dish served as the main course of a meal.
Older Use. a dish served at dinner between the principal courses.
the privilege of entering; access.
a means of obtaining entry:
His friendship with an actor's son was his entrée into the theatrical world.
the act of entering; entrance.
Also, entree.
Origin of entrée
1775-85; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of entrer to enter; see entry
3, 4. admission, entry. Unabridged
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  • And despite their idiosyncrasies, these house museums often provide a rare entree into a city's history and character.
  • Diners squander valuable real estate by spreading salad alongside the entree.
  • Recently, he used dehydrated squash and sour cream powders to match a soup entree.
  • Law school per se is not a particularly good entree to legal philosophy.
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  • Delicious as this earthy dish was, there was enough of it to qualify as a main course, making the thought of an entree daunting.
  • But the four pounds gained from six dinners were worth every ounce of every entree.
  • The many dishes were freshly prepared and festively served in banquet-style sequence, entree after entree.
  • Serve immediately as a side dish or top with shrimp to serve as an entree.
British Dictionary definitions for entree


a dish served before a main course
(mainly US) the main course of a meal
the power or right of entry
Word Origin
C18: from French, from entrer to enter; in cookery, so called because formerly the course was served after an intermediate course called the relevé (remove)
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Word Origin and History for entree

1724, "opening piece of an opera or ballet," from French entrée, from Old French entree (see entry). Cookery sense is from 1759; originally the dish which was introductory to the main course. The word had been borrowed in Middle English as entre "act of entering."

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