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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.
  3. the right, privilege, or permission to enter; admission: People improperly dressed will be refused entrance to the theater.
  4. Theater. the moment or place in the script at which an actor comes on the stage.
  5. Music.
    1. the point in a musical score at which a particular voice or instrument joins the ensemble.
    2. the way in which this is done: a sloppy entrance.
  6. a manner, means, or style of entering a room, group, etc.; way of coming into view: She mimicked Joan's entrance.
  7. Nautical. the immersed portion of a hull forward of the middle body (opposed to run).
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Origin of entrance1

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


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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.


1, 2. exit.


[en-trans, -trahns]
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.
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Origin of entrance2

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


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Related Words

hallway, porch, door, opening, entryway, port, hall, access, passageway, corridor, entry, gate, avenue, lobby, staircase, doorway, admission, accession, bewitch, fascinate

Examples from the Web for entrance

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


    Lydia Maria Child

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


    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


  1. the act or an instance of entering; entry
  2. 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
  3. the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage
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Word Origin

C16: from French, from entrer to enter


verb (tr)
  1. to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
  2. to put into a trance; hypnotize
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Derived Formsentrancement, nounentrancing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for entrance


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

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"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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