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entrancing

[en-tran-sing, -trahn-] /ɛnˈtræn sɪŋ, -ˈtrɑn-/
adjective
1.
delightful; enchanting.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; entrance2 + -ing2
Related forms
entrancingly, adverb

entrance2

[en-trans, -trahns] /ɛnˈtræns, -ˈtrɑns/
verb (used with object), entranced, entrancing.
1.
to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
2.
to put into a trance:
to be hypnotically entranced.
Origin
1585-95; en-1 + trance1
Related forms
entrancement, noun
unentranced, adjective
Synonyms
1. enthrall, spellbind, fascinate, transport.
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British Dictionary definitions for entrancing

entrance1

/ˈɛntrəns/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of entering; entry
2.
a place for entering, such as a door or gate
3.
  1. the power, liberty, or right of entering; admission
  2. (as modifier): an entrance fee
4.
the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage
Word Origin
C16: from French, from entrer to enter

entrance2

/ɪnˈtrɑːns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
2.
to put into a trance; hypnotize
Derived Forms
entrancement, noun
entrancing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for entrancing

entrance

n.

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

v.

"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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