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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That got Jon MacKay, then 13 years old, early entry into the Knitting Factory Concert House, a meet-and-greet and photo session with Bhad Bhabie (whose real name is Danielle Bregoli) and some... Anne Steele, WSJ, "Backstage Selfies With the Backstreet Boys or Bhad Bhabie," 6 Mar. 2019 Further, Bethesda's latest entry into the franchise—Fallout 76—has not been well-received by some critics and fans. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor," 7 Dec. 2018 Read her speech in full, below: The speech marked another entry into Markle's growing list of public speeches since becoming a Duchess, and another opportunity for her feminist beliefs to shine. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Gave a Moving Speech About Women's Equality," 28 Oct. 2018 The celebrity chef Alain Ducasse will launch a new river boat in Paris this fall, making a bold entry into the otherwise staid sunset cruise business that may be popular with many visitors but isn’t exactly known for its revolutionary cuisine. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Chef Alain Ducasse Is Launching a Seine River Cruise Ship in Paris with $580 Tasting Menus," 8 Aug. 2018 As noted above, Conley’s attorneys contend the first meeting took place at the Barley House and that is where Puscian allegedly learned about Conley’s impending entry into the NFL. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 This will be UniKey’s first entry into the automotive market. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando tech firms UniKey, Voxx team up to push toward keyless, fobless car-door entry," 12 July 2018 The four are also accused of pulling bars off a window to the dealership, allowing them to make entry into the building and steal a board with all of the keys to the cars in the lot, Crowson said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Police nab four suspects in burglary at north Houston car dealership," 11 July 2018 Spingarn sees Embraer's engineering force helping design the midrange jet family contemplated by Boeing, with a possible entry into commercial service by middecade. Julie Johnsson And Fabiola Moura, chicagotribune.com, "Boeing's $4.75 billion Embraer deal leaves long to-do list," 6 July 2018

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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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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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