[ en-truhns ]
/ ˈɛn trəns /


Nearby words

  1. entozoon,
  2. entr'acte,
  3. entrails,
  4. entrain,
  5. entrammel,
  6. entrance pupil,
  7. entranceway,
  8. entrancing,
  9. entrant,
  10. entrap

Origin of entrance

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

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.


[ en-trans, -trahns ]
/ ɛnˈtræns, -ˈtrɑns /

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

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

Related formsen·trance·ment, nounun·en·tranced, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for entrance


/ (ˈɛntrəns) /


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

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
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