entrance

noun
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

entrance

verb
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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Other Words from entrance

Verb

entrancement \ in-​ˈtran(t)-​smənt How to pronounce entrancement (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

Selena made her entrance with the all-star cast of zombie film The Dead Don't Die, including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, and Luka Sabbat. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Stuns in a Silky Louis Vuitton Look on the Cannes Red Carpet," 14 May 2019 But tonight, right on the steps of the Met, Gaga made one of her greatest entrances yet — alongside her longtime designer and friend, no less. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Lady Gaga Just Changed Four Times on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 6 May 2019 The protesters stood outside the International Boulevard entrance holding signs, some of which disintegrated in the rain, and chanted as passing drivers honked in support. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Federal employees rally outside Sea-Tac Airport to push for end of shutdown," 22 Jan. 2019 Families of the missing joined by Buddhist monks have been conducting a vigil outside the cave entrance where the boys went in, and their bikes and soccer gear remain strewn in the area. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "US rescue team aids desperate search for Thailand soccer team missing in cave," 28 June 2018 Bicycles and backpacks belonging to a Thai soccer team sat outside the entrance of a vast cave complex where the teens remained trapped inside Thursday. NBC News, "Search dampened for Thai teen soccer team trapped in cave," 28 June 2018 Parents waited overnight in tents outside the cave entrance as rain continued to pour down. Tassanee Vejpongsa, BostonGlobe.com, "12 boys, coach missing in flooded Thailand cave," 25 June 2018 Police said the female suspect was waiting outside the mall’s entrance in a Blue Dodge Charger. Fleming Smith, ajc, "Police: Couple pretends to shop, then steals $19K Rolex watch from DeKalb store," 23 June 2018 Sixty dusty and neglected women’s shoe molds sit in neat rows on green fabric at the entrance to the palace mosque (Waiting for Admission, by Huda Lufti). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Enormous and elegant, the entire shop of embroidery, lace, and beautiful feminine prints was entrancing. Kate Young, Vogue, "Shopping Like the Pope and More! Kate Young Lives La Dolce Vita in Italy," 20 Aug. 2018 The warmth of that show was reminiscent of another artist who also dabbles in neo-lounge: Clairo, a young electro-pop singer with a suite of entrancing original songs. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The New Indie Pop: Off-Kilter, Handmade, Whimsical and Emotional," 7 Mar. 2018 The doll looked like a stripper, and Handler was entranced. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019 Lodi’s best hotel, restaurant and spa conveniently share a leafy 7-acre enclave, the site of entrancing gardens and graceful living since 1902. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "Suite Spot: Low-key luxury in Lodi wine country," 26 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of entrance

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1569, in the meaning defined at transitive 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 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

entrance

verb
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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