“He had an entree, and I feel that he was very much embraced by the people that he took pictures of,” Marin Hopper says.
Instead of slaving over the sauce just before dinner, you can chat with your guests, or concentrate on the entree.
Her salary would have given her entree to the board of any cultural institution she eyed, but she didn't seem to be interested.
1724, "opening piece of an opera or ballet," from French entrée, from Old French entree (see entry). Cookery sense is from 1759; originally the dish which was introductory to the main course. The word had been borrowed in Middle English as entre "act of entering."