en·​trance | \ ˈen-trən(t)s How to pronounce entrance (audio) \

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


en·​trance | \ in-ˈtran(t)s How to pronounce entrance (audio) , 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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entrancement \ in-​ˈtran(t)-​smənt How to pronounce entrance (audio) , 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 The explosion was at 22nd Avenue and Sloat, some 50 feet west of the main concert entrance. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2021 The new entrance is not quite ready to make its public debut. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 In a typical year, this is where the Burning Man entrance would be and security would give you a vehicle inspection after waiting in a line that can sometimes take 12 hours with all attendees entering via a single road. Katie Bain, Billboard, 10 Sep. 2021 On the other side of the entrance, a formal living room is full of natural light and has a fireplace on one end. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 This free event offers handicap accessible shuttle buses throughout the day with car-side pickup and service to the expo entrance. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 9 Sep. 2021 There is free parking in Iroquois Park, but allow time to find a place and walk to the entrance. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 2 Sep. 2021 People lined the sidewalks, danced in the streets and stood in front of the main entrance of Nellie’s Sports Bar in Northwest Washington with bullhorns. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 The entrance to the hotel, for instance, was where the prison hangings once took place (the last one happened here in 1909) – a frightful fact made worse by the idea that many people used to flock here to watch these punishments take place. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Twitch and YouTube, Vubters entrance live audiences, sometimes numbering thousands, with cutesy karaoke or the latest video games. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 28 Apr. 2021 The free day this weekend is one of six offered by the National Park Service in 2021, and applies only to entrance fees – camping and other fees will still be charged. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2021 Secure perimeter means classes continue but entrance to the campus is restricted. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 4 Nov. 2020 However, this summer he is eclipsed by Ronnie, a magician, and Evie, his glamorous assistant — and fiancée — who entrance fresh crowds every night. Malcolm Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 18 Sep. 2020 Yuan's freemium strategy worked and tech companies, entranced by Zoom's simplicity and efficiency, signed up for premium Zoom subscriptions. Jon Sarlin, CNN, 21 May 2020 Sunjammer writes progressive, entrancing music influenced by psychedelic rock circa 1965. Chris Conde, ExpressNews.com, 22 Apr. 2020 Just weeks ago, the sight of our toddlers entranced by screens first thing in the morning would have caused panic. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Sending up all at once Broadway values, the U.S. electoral system and a Chinese mindset both repelled and entranced by American culture is an enticing blueprint for parody — and a daunting proposition for any artist. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of entrance


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of entrance was in the 15th century

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“Entrance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrance. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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



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

: to fill (someone) with delight and wonder


en·​trance | \ ˈen-trəns How to pronounce entrance (audio) \

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


en·​trance | \ in-ˈtrans How to pronounce entrance (audio) \
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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