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[ahn-trey] /ˈɑn treɪ/
a dish served as the main course of a meal.
Older Use. a dish served at dinner between the principal courses.
the privilege of entering; access.
a means of obtaining entry:
His friendship with an actor's son was his entrée into the theatrical world.
the act of entering; entrance.
Also, entree.
1775-85; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of entrer to enter; see entry
3, 4. admission, entry. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entrees
  • The entrees are starting to appear while the introductions continue.
  • Meat entrees include filet mignon, pork chops and calf liver.
  • entrees come with the soup of the day and chicken fried rice and some entrees can be ordered spicy.
  • Chicken entrees, pastas, gourmet pizzas and sandwiches all are on the menu.
  • Lunch entrees include seafood fettuccine and steamed crabs with melted butter.
  • Diners can order family-sized entrees to share with the group.
  • Grilled and baked chicken, beef and vegetable entrees are accompanied by a salad, veggies or brown rice.
  • Tandoor specialties, curries and biryani dishes are served, as well as a handful of vegan entrees.
  • Diet frozen entrees are a quick and easy way to limit calories.
  • Soups, salads, sides and starches are available to go along with a la carte steaks and entrees.
British Dictionary definitions for entrees


a dish served before a main course
(mainly US) the main course of a meal
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 entrees



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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