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entrancing

[en-tran-sing, -trahn-] /ɛnˈtræn sɪŋ, -ˈtrɑn-/
adjective
1.
delightful; enchanting.
Origin of entrancing
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; entrance2 + -ing2
Related forms
entrancingly, adverb

entrance2

[en-trans, -trahns] /ɛnˈtræns, -ˈtrɑns/
verb (used with object), entranced, entrancing.
1.
to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
2.
to put into a trance:
to be hypnotically entranced.
Origin
First recorded in 1585-95; en-1 + trance1
Related forms
entrancement, noun
unentranced, adjective
Synonyms
1. enthrall, spellbind, fascinate, transport.
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  • I was seeing fashionable life for the first time, and it was entrancing.

  • Some of the younger girls are beautiful, and most of the children are entrancing.

  • He has before him a field of historical research of most entrancing interest.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • Those were years of depravity, but they were entrancing in memory.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • She smiled with entrancing sweetness, and held out her hands.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • They sang as they went away the most entrancing music that was ever heard.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • And when they had finished, they commenced singing, and the singing was entrancing.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
British Dictionary definitions for entrancing

entrance1

/ˈɛntrəns/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of entering; entry
2.
a place for entering, such as a door or gate
3.
  1. the power, liberty, or right of entering; admission
  2. (as modifier): an entrance fee
4.
the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage
Word Origin
C16: from French, from entrer to enter

entrance2

/ɪnˈtrɑːns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
2.
to put into a trance; hypnotize
Derived Forms
entrancement, noun
entrancing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for entrancing

entrance

n.

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

entrance

v.

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

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