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[en-trans, -trahns]
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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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  • Murgatroyd was entranced that so many people wanted to talk to him.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • He was entranced with her loveliness, for it was indeed a marvellous thing.

  • As the chamber came into view the boys were entranced at the sight.

  • He rubbed his eyes to see if he were dreaming, entranced with his surroundings.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon

  • Can I attribute my entranced interest on that occasion to her brilliance?

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child

British Dictionary definitions for entranced


  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 entranced



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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