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noun, plural en·tries.
  1. an act of entering; entrance.
  2. a place of ingress or entrance, especially an entrance hall or vestibule.
  3. permission or right to enter; access.
  4. the act of entering or recording something in a book, register, list, etc.
  5. the statement, item, etc., so entered or recorded.
  6. a person or thing entered in a contest or competition.
  7. vocabulary entry.
  8. Law. act of taking possession of lands or tenements by entering or setting foot on them.
  9. the giving of an account of a ship's cargo at a custom house, to obtain permission to land the goods.
  10. Accounting. the record of any transaction found in a bookkeeper's journal.
  11. Bookkeeping.
    1. double entry.
    2. single entry.
  12. Mining. adit(def 2).
  13. Also called entry card. Bridge. a winning card in one's hand or the hand of one's partner that gives the lead to one hand or the other.

Origin of entry

1250–1300; Middle English entre(e) < Old French entree < Latin intrāta (noun use of feminine of intrātus, past participle of intrāre to enter), equivalent to intr- enter + -āta -ate1
Related formsnon·en·try, noun, plural non·en·tries.pre·en·try, noun, plural pre·en·tries.

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  • Sergeant Wilde was met on his entry into the town by almost the whole population.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It was now three years since Rico made his first entry into Peschiera.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Mortimer exposed the pasteboard he had acquired on his entry to the stand.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Lyddy Ann she walked through the entry an' into the fore-room, an' he shet the door.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • She stationed herself in the entry, to lose no step in his familiar progress.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for entry


noun plural -tries
  1. the act or an instance of entering; entrance
  2. a point or place for entering, such as a door, gate, etc
    1. the right or liberty of entering; admission; access
    2. (as modifier)an entry permit
  3. the act of recording an item, such as a commercial transaction, in a journal, account, register, etc
  4. an item recorded, as in a diary, dictionary, or account
    1. a person, horse, car, etc, entering a competition or contest; competitor
    2. (as modifier)an entry fee
  5. the competitors entering a contest considered collectivelya good entry this year for the speed trials
  6. the people admitted at one time to a school, college, or course of study, etc, considered collectively; intake
  7. the action of an actor in going on stage or his manner of doing this
  8. criminal law the act of unlawfully going onto the premises of another with the intention of committing a crime
  9. property law the act of going upon another person's land with the intention of asserting the right to possession
  10. any point in a piece of music, esp a fugue, at which a performer commences or resumes playing or singing
  11. cards a card that enables one to transfer the lead from one's own hand to that of one's partner or to the dummy hand
  12. English dialect a passage between the backs of two rows of terraced houses

Word Origin for entry

C13: from Old French entree, past participle of entrer to enter
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Word Origin and History for entry

late 13c., "door, gate, that by which a place is entered;" c.1300, "an entering upon; right of entering," from Old French entree "entry, entrance" (12c.), originally fem. past participle of entrer "to enter" (see enter).

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