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.

Nearby words

  1. entry,
  2. entry blank,
  3. entry-level,
  4. entryism,
  5. entryway,
  6. entwine,
  7. entwist,
  8. entypy,
  9. enucleate,
  10. enucleation

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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Word Origin and History for entree



1724, "opening piece of an opera or ballet," from French entrée, from Old French entree (see entry). Cookery sense is from 1759; originally the dish which was introductory to the main course. The word had been borrowed in Middle English as entre "act of entering."

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