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.

1775–85; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of entrer to enter; see entry

3, 4. admission, entry.
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entrée (ˈɒntreɪ)
1.  a dish served before a main course
2.  chiefly (US) the main course of a meal
3.  the power or right of entry
[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 & History

1724, "opening piece of an opera or ballet," from Fr. entrée, from O.Fr. entree (see entry). Cookery sense is from 1759; originally the dish which was introductory to the main course.
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Example sentences
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
Law school per se is not a particularly good entree to legal philosophy.
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