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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
Historical Examples
  • He was afraid of his own young rashness and the entrancement of the dream.

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

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

  • 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.

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

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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