en·​trée | \ ˈän-ˌtrā also än-ˈtrā How to pronounce entrée (audio) \
variants: or entree

Definition of entrée

1a : the act or manner of entering : entrance
b : freedom of entry or access
2 : the main course of a meal in the U.S.

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The culinary sense of entrée can be traced back to 18th-century Britain. In those days a formal dinner could include not only the principal courses of soup, fish, meat, and dessert, but also an impressive array of side dishes. Between the fish and meat courses would come a small side dish, and because this secondary dish came immediately before the centerpiece of the meal, it was called the entrée, being, in effect, the entrance to the really important part of the meal. As dining habits have changed, meals have become simpler, and fewer courses are served. However, in the US, the course following the appetizer continued to be called the entrée, perhaps because it is a French word, and anything French always sounds elegant.

Examples of entrée in a Sentence

We had steak as an entrée. entrée to the country club is through sponsorship by someone who is already a member

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Rohlfing used a cake made out of bologna in his appetizer course, as well as kidneys in his entree. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Cunningham's chef 'filled with gratitude' for 'Chopped' win," 19 June 2019 Rayfield began working on the issue about two decades ago during his first entree into politics as a 19-year-old. oregonlive.com, "Campaign contribution limits pass Oregon House," 6 June 2019 Morton’s The Steakhouse Choose between filet mignon, pork chops, or salmon for your entree from the three-course dining menu priced at $59 per person on Sunday. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "All the Chain Restaurants Where Dads Can Get Free Food and Deals on Father's Day," 14 June 2018 He was recorded offering Weinberg and his front company entree to Atlantic City, where gambling had recently been legalized. Harrison Smith, latimes.com, "Mel Weinberg, con artist at center of Abscam sting that landed U.S. politicians in prison, dies at 93," 9 June 2018 The other found a way to make life easier for humans, creating a microwave that can perfectly warm your entree while leaving a salad on the same plate cool and crunchy. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "Oregon's 3 new Presidential Scholars hail from Portland, Medford," 9 May 2018 To further reduce food waste, restaurants can sell their uneaten entrees to the public for up to 80 percent off the menu price by using the FoodForAll app. Joan Salge Blake, BostonGlobe.com, "Food waste is killing the planet. Restaurants are stepping up. Will you?," 30 Apr. 2018 Poneman, who's 26, provided their entree into the world of Public League basketball. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Reader, "State basketball powerhouse Orr Academy’s incredible rise to glory bared in gripping new film," 12 Mar. 2018 More than three years in, the World Bank is still readying seven homegrown companies—makers of boxes, buttons, and finished leather—for their entree into the global supply chain. Bill Donahue, Bloomberg.com, "China Is Turning Ethiopia Into a Giant Fast-Fashion Factory," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of entrée

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for entrée

French entrée, from Old French — more at entry

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English Language Learners Definition of entrée

: the main dish of a meal especially in a restaurant
: the act or manner of entering something
: the right to enter something

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