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

In May 2018, a swastika was found near the school entrance. Sofia Saric, BostonGlobe.com, "Swastika found in bathroom at Needham High," 4 Sep. 2019 Cyclist Mayaan Jones was killed in a head-on accident with a car in this section of Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard near the entrance to the state park. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Video: The dangerous road to Mount Diablo where Bay Area cyclist was killed," 30 Aug. 2019 The highway was closed just after 10 p.m. for a multi-vehicle crash near the entrance to the tunnel at the exits onto Interstate 91 underneath High Street in downtown. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Back-to-back crashes close Interstate 84 east in downtown Hartford on Wednesday night," 29 Aug. 2019 Buildings one and two, near the entrance will look like this: • Building one will measure 8,085 square feet, stand three stories high and hold 36 residential units. cleveland.com, "Richmond Heights’ Belle Oaks project at mall could include another apartment building," 28 Aug. 2019 The long, skinny space features a deli case near the entrance filled with banchan available by the pound. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Korean superette Queens opens in San Francisco with banchan by the pound," 28 Aug. 2019 According to Don, the police told him that a man walking his dog that morning had found Heidi and David’s bodies near the entrance of Caldwell Fields in Jefferson National Forest. Alexandra Lo Re, NBC News, "Virginia police asking for public's help in decade-old double murder," 23 Aug. 2019 San Diego Zoo officials evacuated staff from the zoo and closed the facility after a gas leak was discovered near the front entrance. Teri Figueroa, Los Angeles Times, "San Diego Zoo will remain closed Thursday as crews repair broken gas line," 22 Aug. 2019 Near the entrance, just beyond an X-ray machine and a metal detector, there is a display set off with ropes to control the crowd, but there is no crowd. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Then Luhnow recalled a prospect who had entranced one of his scouts that year. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "How the Houston Astros nabbed slugger Yordan Alvarez from the Dodgers," 6 July 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner Accommodations:Auberge Yasmina Day 4: Merzouga This morning, hop aboard a 4x4 and ride across the dunes to discover fossils left behind by an ancient sea, and be entranced by Gnaoua musicians in a local village. National Geographic, "Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara," 17 June 2019 The light around Gloucester and environs has entranced painters from Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 That’s the case for this strangely entrancing photo that’s making the viral rounds online this week. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Why That Close-Up Photo Had Everyone Seeing an Impressionistic Landscape," 11 July 2019 Robert ClarkGetty Images As a newbie to The Bachelorette, I was initially entranced by Hannah Brown and her (relatively) empowered journey to find love. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How 'The Bachelorette' Rewards Toxic Masculinity," 1 July 2019 She was entranced by Rapinoe’s game: Her probing passes, her subtle technical mastery, her creative vision, even her occasional Technicolor hair. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "USWNT Inspires Older Fans, Too. One of Them Was My Mom," 13 June 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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