[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.

Origin of entrance

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

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Historical Examples of entrancement

  • He was afraid of his own young rashness and the entrancement of the dream.


    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • He seemed to wake up at last out of his entrancement, and the red sun was there before his eyes.

    The World Set Free

    Herbert George Wells

  • A timid reserve followed the first entrancement, but it was the struggle of respect, of honour against a fatal passion.

    The Key to the Bront Works

    John Malham-Dembleby

  • When the entrancement is accomplished, the manifestations may take place in different ways.

  • Spring came, and the tune changed with the entrancement of Persephone's release in the balmy warmth of the South.

British Dictionary definitions for entrancement


  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

Word Origin for entrance

C16: from French, from entrer to enter


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



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



"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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