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entrée

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noun en·trée \ˈän-ˌtrā also än-ˈ\

Simple Definition of entrée

  • : the main dish of a meal especially in a restaurant

  • : the act or manner of entering something

  • : the right to enter something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of entrée

  1. 1 a :  the act or manner of entering :  entrance b :  freedom of entry or access

  2. 2 :  the main course of a meal in the United States

Examples of entrée in a sentence

  1. We had steak as an entrée.

  2. <entrée to the country club is through sponsorship by someone who is already a member>



Did You Know?

The culinary sense of entrée can be traced back to 18^th^-century Britain. In those days a formal dinner could include not only the principal courses of soup, fish, meat, and dessert, but also an impressive array of side dishes. Between the fish and meat courses would come a small side dish, and because this secondary dish came immediately before the centerpiece of the meal, it was called the entrée, being, in effect, the entrance to the really important part of the meal. As dining habits have changed, meals have become simpler, and fewer courses are served. However, in the US, the course following the appetizer continued to be called the entrée, perhaps because it is a French word, and anything French always sounds elegant.

Variants of entrée

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entree

Origin and Etymology of entrée

French entrée, from Old French — more at entry


First Known Use: 1725


Learn More about entrée

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of entrée


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