entrée

noun
en·​trée | \ ˈän-ˌtrā also än-ˈtrā How to pronounce entrée (audio) \
variants: or entree

Definition of entrée

1a : the act or manner of entering : entrance
b : freedom of entry or access
2 : the main course of a meal in the U.S.

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The culinary sense of entrée can be traced back to 18th-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.

Examples of entrée in a Sentence

We had steak as an entrée. entrée to the country club is through sponsorship by someone who is already a member

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Inspired by Chef Robbie Wilson’s radically straightforward food menu (the duck entree’s description simply reads: Duck, Pumpkin, Banana, Cashew), their drinks use only a few ingredients in unexpected combinations. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Five Bars Disrupting Silicon Valley’s Nightlife," 5 Dec. 2018 The eatery is open regular hours and offering the Easter Farmhouse Feast ($110), consisting of two entrees and traditional sides that can feed 10 people. Taysha Murtaugh And Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "15 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch Near Me," 11 Feb. 2019 All of our entrees include a side and a salad and the portion sizes are generally pretty big. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 Rotating entrees could include al pastor tacos or prime rib hash, and there’s always a vegetarian or vegan option like zucchini meatballs or quinoa fritters. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets," 13 July 2018 Other entrees will include fish and chips, a burger and beer brats cooked with Track 7 brews at V. Miller Meats across the street. Benjy Egel And Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Countdown begins on Track 7's East Sac launch. Here's when it opens - and what's on the menu," 6 July 2018 Choose from four starters, five entrees and two desserts. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Savor Midtown offers dinner bargains in Broad Ripple," 12 June 2018 And the family-style entrees include red snapper with green tahini and harissa-roasted chicken. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Alon Shaya cooking again with Saba on Magazine Street: Opening Alert," 4 May 2018 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch and Dinner Open regular hours, the family dining chain is offering a great Easter meal deal: the Easter Farmhouse Feast ($110), complete with two entrees and traditional sides for 10 people. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "30+ Restaurants Open on Easter Sunday," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of entrée

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for entrée

French entrée, from Old French — more at entry

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entrée

noun

English Language Learners 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

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