en·trée | \ˈän-ˌtrā also än-ˈtrā \
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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The quick-service restaurant features salads, sandwiches, Jamaican and Caribbean entrees and snacks like beef patties, jerk wings and coco bread. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "The Russell Opens Jamaican Grab And Go On Pratt Street," 13 July 2018 Finally, for sit-down places, the meal had to at least include two entrees and one appetizer. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 All three restaurants will offer diners two choices of appetizer, entree and dessert. 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 25. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Local eateries cool the summer heat with chillin' specials during National Ice Cream month," 12 July 2018 Our salads and sandwiches and entrees are all in the $10 to $15 range at most. Bruce Ingram, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: The Harp and Fiddle in Park Ridge," 5 July 2018 After visiting Uovo, a year-old pasta bar in Los Angeles, Gezel Remy, 30, a product designer, was disturbed that entrees and small portions were priced similarly to nearby traditional restaurants. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Pull Up a Stool: Restaurants Squeeze in More Seats," 4 July 2018 Besides the brewery's wide array of beers, SanTan offers guest beers, wine, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, entrees and appetizers. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Beyond beer: SanTan Brewing Company now makes its own vodka, whiskey," 19 June 2018 Notice the Tex-Mex options sprinkled among the appetizers, entrees and barbecue dishes on the dinner menu? Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "A Killen’s Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston?," 12 June 2018 The restaurant will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Diners will want to factor in time to absorb the extensive menu, packed with multiple choices in every category -- appetizers, soups, sides, salads, entrees and desserts. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Global Kitchen serving Nepalese, Chinese and Indian set to open on Tallmadge Circle May 31," 10 May 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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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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