Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[en-trench] /ɛnˈtrɛntʃ/
verb (used with object)
to place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly:
safely entrenched behind undeniable facts.
to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to encroach; trespass; infringe (usually followed by on or upon):
to entrench on the domain or rights of another.
Also, intrench.
Origin of entrench
1545-55; en-1 + trench
Related forms
reentrench, verb
unentrenched, adjective
1. settle, ensconce, set, implant, embed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for entrenched
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • About four o'clock on the afternoon of the 21st, the united forces advanced to attack the entrenched camp of the Sikhs.

  • Turn a perfectly sound, entrenched business into a blue-sky factory?

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
  • The enemy were entrenched on a series of high, boulder-strewn tablelands, which offered almost perfect cover.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • He meant supremely to be safe, and to that end he had entrenched himself on every side.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • South or North, it is dangerous to attack the entrenched privilege of those in control.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
British Dictionary definitions for entrenched


(transitive) to construct (a defensive position) by digging trenches around it
(transitive) to fix or establish firmly, esp so as to prevent removal or change
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to trespass or encroach; infringe
Derived Forms
entrenched, intrenched, adjective
entrencher, intrencher, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for entrenched



1550s, implied in intrenched, from en- (1) "make, put in" + trench. Figurative use is from 1590s. Related: Entrenched; entrenching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for entrenched

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for entrenched