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[en-truh nt] /ˈɛn trənt/
a competitor in a contest.
a new member, as of an association or school.
a person who enters.
Origin of entrant
1625-35; < French, noun use of entrant, present participle of entrer to enter
Related forms
nonentrant, noun Unabridged
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  • She, with the others, had turned toward the entrant, her eyes remaining upon him until now.

    Wolf Breed Jackson Gregory
  • Yes, I believe there is an entrant from there, replied the secretary.

  • This does not mean that the entrant for ballet honors has nothing to do but go at once upon the stage, a completed artiste.

  • For twelve hours a day—for four consecutive days—every entrant must be there.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • But the Frenchman hung on doggedly, not ten feet behind, and a few feet further back the English entrant tore along.

British Dictionary definitions for entrant


a person who enters
a new member of a group, society, or association
a person who enters a competition or contest; competitor
Word Origin
C17: from French, literally: entering, from entrer to enter
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Word Origin and History for entrant

1630s, of professions, etc.; 1838, of contests; from French entrant, present participle of entrer (see enter).

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