en·​try | \ ˈen-trē How to pronounce entry (audio) \
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Definition of entry

1 : the right or privilege of entering : entrée
2 : the act of entering : entrance
3 : a place of entrance: such as
b : door, gate
4a : the act of making or entering a record
b : something entered: such as
(1) : a record or notation of an occurrence, transaction, or proceeding
(2) : a descriptive record (as in a card catalog or an index)
(3) : headword
(4) : a headword with its definition or identification
5 : a person, thing, or group entered into something (such as a contest or market) the latest entries in the computer market judge the entries in the writing contest

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Examples of entry in a Sentence

His parents tried to make his entry into school life as smooth as possible. His friends were surprised by his entry into politics. She was denied entry into the courtroom. students competing for entry into the college
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Recent Examples on the Web Louisville Metro Police Department dispatch call from the aftermath of police entry to Breonna Taylor's apartment. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville faith leaders demand prosecution of officers in Breonna Taylor shooting," 19 May 2020 The changes will permit shares with unequal voting rights or primary listings elsewhere to join the 50-year-old index, making Alibaba and others such as Xiaomi Corp. and Meituan Dianping eligible for entry. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Hong Kong Opens Door for Alibaba in Index Overhaul," 18 May 2020 Never heard of entry-by-invitation for a weekly show. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kallmann: For racing in the era of coronavirus, passion and desperation aren't always enough to overcome frustration," 17 May 2020 Visitors should plan to pay for entry or have an annual pass when the visit Indiana state parks moving forward. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Prepare to pay fees at Indiana state parks starting May 15," 15 May 2020 Some homes can limit access to their facilities by closing all but one point of entry. Bloomberg.com, "Nursing Homes Block Doors, Check Entering Peoples’ Temperatures," 10 May 2020 Parts of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a string of barrier islands whose beaches are popular with tourists, are also moving forward with lifting restrictions for entry, officials said. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Political game’? Governors push back on Trump virus charge," 20 Apr. 2020 Masks are to be worn at all times, including the point of entry and while receiving treatment in the cool-down period following the workout. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers reopening practice facility on Friday for limited individual workouts with strict safety guidelines, sources say," 6 May 2020 A few hundred of the entries included full names, credit card types, and payment amounts. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Hack Brief: An Adult Cam Site Exposed 10.88 Billion Records," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of entry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for entry

Middle English entre, from Anglo-French entree, from feminine of entré, past participle of entrer to enter

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The first known use of entry was in the 14th century

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Entry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entry. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce entry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of entry

: the act of entering something
: the right to enter something
: a place for entering something


en·​try | \ ˈen-trē How to pronounce entry (audio) \
plural entries

Kids Definition of entry

1 : the act of going in : entrance Her entry surprised us.
2 : the right to go in or join He was denied entry into the club.
3 : a place (as a hall or door) through which entrance is made
4 : the act of making a written record of something She was hired to do data entry.
5 : something written down as part of a list or a record dictionary entries
6 : a person or thing taking part in a contest the winning entry


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Legal Definition of entry

1 : the privilege of entering real property — see also right of entry
2 : the act of entering real property a warrantless entry by the officer — see also trespass
3 : the act of making or entering a record (as a plea or judgment) an entry of default also : a record entered a docket entry

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