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[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.
Origin of entrance2
1585-95; en-1 + trance1
Related forms
entrancement, noun
unentranced, adjective
1. enthrall, spellbind, fascinate, transport. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entranced
  • The movie so entranced him that he decided he would make movies.
  • As always she was entranced by the silent beauty and peace.
  • Though they may spend many hours of their lives entranced by it, they do not know why.
  • The song of the sea has long entranced the sailor and the pirate, too.
  • The builder is not entranced with the idea of moving but knows that good relationships don't grow on trees.
  • The bay constable job allowed him to be out on the water a lot, and he was entranced by water and its calming effect.
  • My six-year old is currently fascinated with ships, so he was entranced by the nearby collection of model ships.
  • Of course, their music has always entranced me, it's blown me away.
  • The early poems are frustratingly obscure, addressed to vague nymphs by a speaker entranced by his own coldness.
  • He had heard her on the radio and had apparently been entranced by her voice.
British Dictionary definitions for entranced


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 entranced



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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