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[en-truh ns] /ˈɛn trəns/
an act of entering, as into a place or upon new duties.
a point or place of entering; an opening or passage for entering, as a doorway.
the right, privilege, or permission to enter; admission:
People improperly dressed will be refused entrance to the theater.
Theater. the moment or place in the script at which an actor comes on the stage.
  1. the point in a musical score at which a particular voice or instrument joins the ensemble.
  2. the way in which this is done:
    a sloppy entrance.
a manner, means, or style of entering a room, group, etc.; way of coming into view:
She mimicked Joan's entrance.
Nautical. the immersed portion of a hull forward of the middle body (opposed to run).
Origin of entrance1
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English entraunce < Middle French entrance. See enter, -ance
1, 2. entry, ingress. 3. Entrance, admittance, admission refer to the possibility of entering a place or a group. Entrance may refer to either possibility: Entrance is by way of the side door; entrance into a card game. Admittance refers more to place and suggests entrance that may be permitted or denied: to gain admittance to a building; no admittance. Admission refers more to special groups and suggests entrance by payment, by formal or special permission, privilege, and the like: admission to a concert, a game, to candidacy, the bar, to society.
1, 2. exit.


[en-trans, -trahns] /ɛnˈtræns, -ˈtrɑns/
verb (used with object), entranced, entrancing.
to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
to put into a trance:
to be hypnotically entranced.
1585-95; en-1 + trance1
Related forms
entrancement, noun
unentranced, adjective
1. enthrall, spellbind, fascinate, transport. Unabridged
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  • Then an integrated circuit compares the entrance and exit points to calculate the path of the light.
  • He now smokes under the awning several feet from the entrance.
  • Larger-than-life bronze statues of them stand in a fountain at the entrance to the university.
  • For-profit colleges have virtually no entrance criteria for applicants.
  • The cave's entrance is the second deepest in the world, so the trip is dangerous even for experienced explorers.
  • There is clearly only a finite amount of white wall surface between the entrance and the first exterior point of the maze.
  • The pine trees framing the entrance to the forest appear to be normal.
  • Elaborate ornament surrounds the main entrance to the commons.
  • Security around the tunnel entrance has been increased.
  • Recently the anticipation intensified with the discovery of a richly decorated canine skeleton near a sealed entrance.
British Dictionary definitions for entrance


the act or an instance of entering; entry
a place for entering, such as a door or gate
  1. the power, liberty, or right of entering; admission
  2. (as modifier): an entrance fee
the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage
Word Origin
C16: from French, from entrer to enter


verb (transitive)
to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
to put into a trance; hypnotize
Derived Forms
entrancement, noun
entrancing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for entrance

1520s, "act of entering," from Middle French entrance, from entrer (see enter). Sense of "door, gate" first recorded in English 1530s.


"to throw into a trance," 1590s, from en- (1) "put in" + trance (n.). Meaning "to delight" also is 1590s. Related: Entranced; entrancing.

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