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[en-tree] /ˈɛn tri/
noun, plural entries.
an act of entering; entrance.
a place of ingress or entrance, especially an entrance hall or vestibule.
permission or right to enter; access.
the act of entering or recording something in a book, register, list, etc.
the statement, item, etc., so entered or recorded.
a person or thing entered in a contest or competition.
Law. act of taking possession of lands or tenements by entering or setting foot on them.
the giving of an account of a ship's cargo at a custom house, to obtain permission to land the goods.
Accounting. the record of any transaction found in a bookkeeper's journal.
  1. double entry.
  2. single entry.
Mining. adit (def 2).
Also called entry card. Bridge. a winning card in one's hand or the hand of one's partner that gives the lead to one hand or the other.
Origin of entry
1250-1300; Middle English entre(e) < Old French entree < Latin intrāta (noun use of feminine of intrātus, past participle of intrāre to enter), equivalent to intr- enter + -āta -ate1
Related forms
nonentry, noun, plural nonentries.
preentry, noun, plural preentries.
5. record, note, memo, jotting. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entry
  • Apartment or condo buildings often have two-door entry ways, which means less heat or cold escapes than in a direct doorway.
  • Place tiki torches among greenery in your garden, and portable lanterns along the entry walk.
  • The game day bag policy remains in place at all entry points.
  • In an unfamiliar place, cows are inclined to head back to their point of entry.
  • One entry in church records reports a large investment in vases, stoppers and pestles.
  • Pumpkin finally redeemed itself and bagged a one-way entry ticket to my humble kitchen.
  • Hence, his entry was late and his production always remained leisurely.
  • These words have appeared at the end of his entry in several successive editions.
  • Each sermon has its own paging, t p, and copyright entry.
  • Searching for a particular item would usually demand the examination of every entry.
British Dictionary definitions for entry


noun (pl) -tries
the act or an instance of entering; entrance
a point or place for entering, such as a door, gate, etc
  1. the right or liberty of entering; admission; access
  2. (as modifier): an entry permit
the act of recording an item, such as a commercial transaction, in a journal, account, register, etc
an item recorded, as in a diary, dictionary, or account
  1. a person, horse, car, etc, entering a competition or contest; competitor
  2. (as modifier): an entry fee
the competitors entering a contest considered collectively: a good entry this year for the speed trials
the people admitted at one time to a school, college, or course of study, etc, considered collectively; intake
the action of an actor in going on stage or his manner of doing this
(criminal law) the act of unlawfully going onto the premises of another with the intention of committing a crime
(property law) the act of going upon another person's land with the intention of asserting the right to possession
any point in a piece of music, esp a fugue, at which a performer commences or resumes playing or singing
(cards) a card that enables one to transfer the lead from one's own hand to that of one's partner or to the dummy hand
(English, dialect) a passage between the backs of two rows of terraced houses
Word Origin
C13: from Old French entree, past participle of entrer to enter
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Word Origin and History for entry

late 13c., "door, gate, that by which a place is entered;" c.1300, "an entering upon; right of entering," from Old French entree "entry, entrance" (12c.), originally fem. past participle of entrer "to enter" (see enter).

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