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entrée

[ahn-trey] /ˈɑn treɪ/
noun
1.
a dish served as the main course of a meal.
2.
Older Use. a dish served at dinner between the principal courses.
3.
the privilege of entering; access.
4.
a means of obtaining entry:
His friendship with an actor's son was his entrée into the theatrical world.
5.
the act of entering; entrance.
Also, entree.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of entrer to enter; see entry
Synonyms
3, 4. admission, entry.
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British Dictionary definitions for entree

entrée

/ˈɒntreɪ/
noun
1.
a dish served before a main course
2.
(mainly US) the main course of a meal
3.
the power or right of entry
Word Origin
C18: from French, from entrer to enter; in cookery, so called because formerly the course was served after an intermediate course called the relevé (remove)
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Word Origin and History for entree
n.

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."

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