entrance

noun
en·​trance | \ˈen-trən(t)s \

Definition of entrance 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : power or permission to enter : admission

2 : the act of entering

3 : the means or place of entry

4 : the point at which a voice or instrument part begins in ensemble music

5 : the first appearance of an actor in a scene

entrance

verb
en·​trance | \in-ˈtran(t)s, en-\
entranced; entrancing

Definition of entrance (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put into a trance

2 : to carry away with delight, wonder, or rapture we were entranced by the view

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Other Words from entrance

Verb

entrancement \in-​ˈtran(t)-​smənt, en-​ \ noun

Examples of entrance in a Sentence

Noun

the entrance of the army into the city the country's entrance into war The book describes his entrance into politics. The thieves gained entrance to our house by breaking a window. She always knew how to make a grand entrance. The main entrance is on the left side. There are two entrances to the park. The ship passed through the narrow entrance to the bay. He was denied entrance into the country. She applied for entrance at several colleges.

Verb

a production of The Nutcracker ballet that will entrance audiences
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Willemen and her son sat around the corner from the entrance, on a picnic blanket. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 Within the coming weeks, GreatSchools will be updating the test data to show the most recent results available for the SAT college entrance exam that is now used in Illinois, Olivieri said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Ratings website that was subject of West Aurora criticism says data will be updated this summer," 29 June 2018 So read an essay question in this year’s gaokao, China’s university-entrance exam which was held in early June (anxious parents are pictured outside a test centre in the city of Shenyang; results have been announced in the past few days). The Economist, "Some Western universities see merit in China’s flawed exam," 28 June 2018 The Vanderbilt study found suicidal thoughts and attempts peak in the fall and spring when many teenagers’ performance pressures, college-entrance exams, AP tests, auditions and competitions are off the charts. Larry Villano, Lpc, Lisac, USA TODAY, "The teen suicide rate has more than doubled: Here's how you can help save your child," 8 June 2018 His parents moved more than 800 miles from their home in Shandong province to Fujian, in the south, in July 2017 to give him a better chance of scoring highly in the country's university entrance exam -- the gaokao. Elaine Wang, CNN, "China's exam migrants desperate for chance to sit life-changing gaokao," 6 June 2018 The last recommendation is a response to a longstanding practice of allowing many high schools to set admission standards, which can include passing an entrance exam or writing an essay. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Thousands of BPS students don’t graduate on time. And it’s a problem," 23 May 2018 LeBlanc earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, a feat accomplished by fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the college entrance exam, the school system reports. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "2 Jefferson Parish students named National Merit Scholars," 22 May 2018 National Parks/State Parks free entrance day SUN National Parks free admission day, Veterans Day, Sunday (nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm); and State Parks (discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days). Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Veterans Day events, International Auto Show, bazaars/sales and more," 7 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But ‘‘Vertigo’’ — entrancing, dreamlike, deranged — has steadily grown in reputation over the years to become one of the most widely acknowledged masterpieces in film. Jake Coyle, BostonGlobe.com, "Sixty years later, Novak reveals highs and lows of ‘Vertigo’," 22 Mar. 2018 Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou is great for families with children and animals lovers of all kinds, especially those easily entranced by the delicate frames and all-seeing eyes of owls. Davey Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Akihabara: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 Closer to the end, Banda de Turistas's psychedelic sound entranced the audience enough to finally give way to one of the new stars on the rise: Rey Hindú, who were impudent and irreverent, in a good way, of course. Billboard Argentina, Billboard, "Argentina's Cosquín Rock 2018: Unforgettable Blend of Classic, Upcoming Artists," 23 Feb. 2018 Love the way artists experiment with moving pictures and you’ll likely be entranced, and for quite a number of hours; this is a big and time-consuming show. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "MCA's new 'I Was Raised on the Internet' exhibition asks what the web has done to us," 2 July 2018 Its tracks come with surf-like melodies, entrancing vocals and disarmingly intricate guitar lines. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Downtown Brown, Amino Acids, AM People, free JR JR show," 14 June 2018 These ships are the dreams floating before the eyes of all the characters in Steven Ujifusa’s fast-paced and entrancing book. 8. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of July: the Monitor's picks," 12 July 2018 Despite the crisis in the U.K., some Americans continue to be entranced by single-payer. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 But he was hooked on sports from a young age and entranced by the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Left Side of Steve Kerr’s Brain," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of entrance

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for entrance

entrance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of entrance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of entering something

: something (such as a door) that is used for entering something

: the right to enter something

entrance

verb

English Language Learners Definition of entrance (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fill (someone) with delight and wonder

entrance

noun
en·​trance | \ˈen-trəns \

Kids Definition of entrance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of going in He waited for the right moment to make his entrance.

2 : a door, gate, or way for going in

3 : permission to join, participate in, or attend

entrance

verb
en·​trance | \in-ˈtrans \
entranced; entrancing

Kids Definition of entrance (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into a trance

2 : to fill with delight and wonder

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