entrance

1
[en-truhns]

noun


Origin of entrance

1
1425–75; late Middle English entraunce < Middle French entrance. See enter, -ance

Synonyms for entrance

1, 2. entry, ingress. 3. Entrance, admittance, admission refer to the possibility of entering a place or a group. Entrance may refer to either possibility: Entrance is by way of the side door; entrance into a card game. Admittance refers more to place and suggests entrance that may be permitted or denied: to gain admittance to a building; no admittance. Admission refers more to special groups and suggests entrance by payment, by formal or special permission, privilege, and the like: admission to a concert, a game, to candidacy, the bar, to society.

Antonyms for entrance

1, 2. exit.

entrance

2
[en-trans, -trahns]

verb (used with object), en·tranced, en·tranc·ing.

to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
to put into a trance: to be hypnotically entranced.

Origin of entrance

2
First recorded in 1585–95; en-1 + trance1
Related formsen·trance·ment, nounun·en·tranced, adjective

Synonyms for entrance

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Examples from the Web for entrance

Contemporary Examples of entrance

Historical Examples of entrance

  • We are like men in a subterranean cave, so chained that they can look only forward to the entrance.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Over the gate was written in large letters, 'The Entrance of Mortals.'

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Is it likely that this same Alworthy could obtain me entrance there?

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • On his entrance the whole audience rose and cheered for several minutes.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Through his aunt he could gain her entrance where he pleased.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for entrance

entrance

1

noun

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 for entrance

C16: from French, from entrer to enter

entrance

2

verb (tr)

to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
to put into a trance; hypnotize
Derived Formsentrancement, nounentrancing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for entrance
n.

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

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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