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

For a picturesque view, head towards Sterling Vineyards to take the only aerial tram in Napa Valley to the entrance of its Mediterranean-style winery. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 Meyers sees the destructive elements of creation — from natural disasters to warfare — as inextricably linked to the entrance of sin into the world. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "How faith leaders respond to tragedies like the California wildfires," 21 Nov. 2018 On the ground floor, close to the entrance, is a humble computer lab. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”," 27 Aug. 2018 McKinley looked to create a living room feel to the entrance, complete with a library of records, comfy sofas, and a jewel box bar. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "You’ll Never Want to Leave Laguna Beach’s Newest Hotel," 17 Aug. 2018 Changes to the school's main entrance likely will include a larger security vestibule to funnel visitors and students through an area enclosed in bullet-resistant glass before they are granted access to the rest of the campus. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe ISD trustees to vote on high school security upgrades," 10 July 2018 The purported accomplice, 18-year-old Trinity Arvin Keara Jones of Ramona, allegedly scouted the bank prior to Taylor's entrance and served as his getaway driver following the crime. City News Service, Pomerado News, "Suspected Poway bank robber indicted," 25 June 2018 Her account alleged that Schiller picked her up and drove her to a rear entrance. Frances Stead Sellers, latimes.com, "Lawsuit seeks records of Trump's Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow stays," 19 June 2018 The counselor didn't know what to do and simply stared at the group before walking back to the plane's entrance. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Chatty ex-president, wary AG: Report details Sky Harbor meeting between Clinton and Lynch," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The sleeves of the dress were equally entrancing, with a small slit just below the elbows that was created to look like sequin cuffs. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Wore Purple Eyeshadow on "The Hate U Give" Red Carpet," 5 Oct. 2018 So did Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & the Fish, the Doors, the Byrds, the Yardbirds and Frank Zappa, often accompanied by psychedelic light shows that entranced many concertgoers high on LSD or marijuana. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Grab an apple and enter the Fillmore, San Francisco’s cradle of psychedelia that continues to rock," 3 May 2018 But Jiro Dreams of Sushi (made by the same team behind Netflix’s Chef’s Table series) is a gentle, meditative, and entrancing portrait of a man who’s been making sushi for a long time in his tiny, exquisite restaurant. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 Few other MMOs dare to be so creative in their game design, and that’s a legacy that goes all the way back to 2012 when ArenaNet entranced us with dynamic events that broke free of EverQuest-style quest design. Leif Johnson, PCWorld, "Check out this exclusive look at Guild Wars 2's jaw-dropping Infernal Leap roller beetle track," 26 Nov. 2018 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

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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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