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  1. an act of entering, as into a place or upon new duties.

  2. a point or place of entering; an opening or passage for entering, as a doorway.

  1. the right, privilege, or permission to enter; admission: People improperly dressed will be refused entrance to the theater.

  2. Theater. the moment or place in the script at which an actor comes on the stage.

  3. Music.

    • the point in a musical score at which a particular voice or instrument joins the ensemble.

    • the way in which this is done: a sloppy entrance.

  4. a manner, means, or style of entering a room, group, etc.; way of coming into view: She mimicked Joan's entrance.

  5. Nautical. the immersed portion of a hull forward of the middle body (opposed to run).

Origin of entrance

First recorded in 1525–50; from Middle French; see enter, -ance

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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.

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[ en-trans ]

verb (used with object),en·tranced, en·tranc·ing.
  1. to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.

  2. to put into a trance: to be hypnotically entranced.

Origin of entrance

First recorded in 1585–95; en-1 + trance1

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  • en·trance·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for entrance (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɛntrəns) /

  1. the act or an instance of entering; entry

  2. a place for entering, such as a door or gate

    • the power, liberty, or right of entering; admission

    • (as modifier): an entrance fee

  1. the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage

Origin of entrance

C16: from French, from entrer to enter

British Dictionary definitions for entrance (2 of 2)


/ (ɪnˈtrɑːns) /

  1. to fill with wonder and delight; enchant

  2. to put into a trance; hypnotize

Derived forms of entrance

  • entrancement, noun
  • entrancing, adjective

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