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entrancing

[en-tran-sing, -trahn-]
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adjective
  1. delightful; enchanting.
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Origin of entrancing

First recorded in 1835–45; entrance2 + -ing2
Related formsen·tranc·ing·ly, adverb

entrance2

[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

Synonyms

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1. enthrall, spellbind, fascinate, transport.
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Examples from the Web for entrancing

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Historical Examples

  • I was seeing fashionable life for the first time, and it was entrancing.

  • Some of the younger girls are beautiful, and most of the children are entrancing.

  • He has before him a field of historical research of most entrancing interest.

    Clairvoyance

    Charles Webster Leadbeater

  • Those were years of depravity, but they were entrancing in memory.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • She smiled with entrancing sweetness, and held out her hands.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming


British Dictionary definitions for entrancing

entrance1

noun
  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

entrance2

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 entrancing

entrance

n.

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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entrance

v.

"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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