or en·tree

[ ahn-trey ]
/ ˈɑn treɪ /


a dish served as the main course of a meal.
Older Use. a dish served at dinner between the principal courses.
the privilege of entering; access.
a means of obtaining entry: His friendship with an actor's son was his entrée into the theatrical world.
the act of entering; entrance.

Origin of entrée

1775–85; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of entrer to enter; see entry
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British Dictionary definitions for entree

/ (ˈɒntreɪ) /


a dish served before a main course
mainly US the main course of a meal
the power or right of entry

Word Origin for entrée

C18: from French, from entrer to enter; in cookery, so called because formerly the course was served after an intermediate course called the relevé (remove)
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