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[en-trans, -trahns] /ɛnˈtræns, -ˈtrɑns/
verb (used with object), entranced, entrancing.
to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
to put into a trance:
to be hypnotically entranced.
Origin of entrance2
First recorded in 1585-95; en-1 + trance1
Related forms
entrancement, noun
unentranced, adjective
1. enthrall, spellbind, fascinate, transport. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for entrancement
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  • He seemed to wake up at last out of his entrancement, and the red sun was there before his eyes.

    The World Set Free Herbert George Wells
  • A timid reserve followed the first entrancement, but it was the struggle of respect, of honour against a fatal passion.

    The Key to the Bront Works John Malham-Dembleby
  • He was afraid of his own young rashness and the entrancement of the dream.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • When the entrancement is accomplished, the manifestations may take place in different ways.

  • Her entrancement usually starts with scenes of the events which followed the Last Supper.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Spring came, and the tune changed with the entrancement of Persephone's release in the balmy warmth of the South.

  • Alice's entrancement—love, to call it by the right name—audible and visible in every word, every look, added to her confusion.

    Mary Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • I will go into the country and philosophise; some gleams of past entrancement may visit me there.

  • Happy times when six children, all in all to each other, told wonderful stories in low voices for their own entrancement.

    Emily Bront A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • The eye of the young chief followed her with the gaze of entrancement.

British Dictionary definitions for entrancement


the act or an instance of entering; entry
a place for entering, such as a door or gate
  1. the power, liberty, or right of entering; admission
  2. (as modifier): an entrance fee
the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage
Word Origin
C16: from French, from entrer to enter


verb (transitive)
to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
to put into a trance; hypnotize
Derived Forms
entrancement, noun
entrancing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for entrancement



1520s, "act of entering," from Middle French entrance, from entrer (see enter). Sense of "door, gate" first recorded in English 1530s.


"to throw into a trance," 1590s, from en- (1) "put in" + trance (n.). Meaning "to delight" also is 1590s. Related: Entranced; entrancing.



"to throw into a trance," 1590s, from en- (1) "put in" + trance (n.). Meaning "to delight" also is 1590s. Related: Entranced; entrancing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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