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

Some fans even drop off free produce for the restaurant to use by the entrance. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Incredible Brewton, Alabama Restaurant Is Donations Only," 17 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, after a year and a half of waiting in the center in Serbia, Fatima, Hassan, Nargis, and Zahra gained entrance to Hungary. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Midnight Traveler” Expands the Narrative of the Refugee Documentary," 17 Sep. 2019 Texas, for example, requires stores to post large signs in English and Spanish at each entrance, according to University of Texas School of Law professor Heather Way. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Asking customers not to bring guns into stores is one thing. Enforcing the policy is another," 17 Sep. 2019 The stone streets are filled with tour guides walking backward and pointing out the sites: the entrance to the Red Keep, Littlefinger’s brothel. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 At the attraction’s entrance, a sign welcomes travelers to the little town of Rainbow Ridge. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "History & Heritage: Tipping Our Hat to the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness," 15 Sep. 2019 Paper tickets are no longer accepted for entrance at Denver home games. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Need a last-minute ticket to the home opener? Get ready to pay up.," 15 Sep. 2019 The restaurant, upon entrance, feels more like a chic agricultural research center than an eatery. Vogue, "How Ed Droste Spent Two Wild Weeks in Peru," 14 Sep. 2019 Built in the 1930s and 1940s by neighboring homeowners, the La Playa Piers start near the Talbot Street entrance to the La Playa Trail overlooking the Shelter Island Yacht basin and are sprinkled along the dirt path that extends to Kellogg Beach. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Playa Piers: Port commissioners to decide if they should stay or go," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Danech San, then a 23-year-old budding interior designer, recalled being baffled and entranced. Los Angeles Times, "Young filmmakers train a fresh lens on turbulent Cambodia," 27 Aug. 2019 The museum itself looked entrancing with its magnificent Madejski Garden transformed into Le Jardin Anglais, an homage to Monsieur Dior’s personal garden in Granville, France. Vogue, "Dior Transformed the V&A’s Lawn Into a Garden Idyll for the Museum’s Annual Summer Party," 20 June 2019 The aging intellectual icon Jean-Paul Sartre, entranced by Cathy’s slinky sexuality, became a vocal proponent of their freedom. oregonlive, "How Coos Bay’s ‘All-American girl’ became a daring skyjacker, then disappeared into 1970s underground," 16 Sep. 2019 In the scene, Kimmy is entranced by an enigmatic instructor at a place meant to resemble a posh city studio. Julia Sullivan, SELF, "I Tried an At-Home Streaming Bike and I Have a Lot of Thoughts," 4 Sep. 2019 And while Tame Impala goes backward, the audience undulated forward, entranced by digital vistas, orbs, infinite roads and a nonstop laser light show that aimed to induce altered states. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Tame Impala’s freak flag flies at half-staff at Anthem show," 25 Aug. 2019 Thus entranced, a female will lay eggs in her beau’s nest. Quanta Magazine, "The Incredible Shrinking Sex Chromosome," 1 Dec. 2015 Luckily the visionaries of the New York art world have built a number of entrancing destinations around which to organize an easy day trip or a relaxing weekend. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Summer Art Trek: Gallery Hopping in the Hudson Valley," 8 Aug. 2019 But when the electronic dance music disc jockey begins to spin, the animal chorus falls mostly silent, as if entranced by a higher power. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "The EDM industry tends to be male-centric. Here’s how Baltimore’s female DJs are trying to combat that.," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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