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

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 Starting May 1, advanced entry passes are required for weekends at Crane Beach. BostonGlobe.com, "Inside the manor: A new book explores Castle Hill on the Crane Estate," 29 Apr. 2021 The 6-foot, 205-pound defensive back’s early entry into the NFL Draft was only surprising because the 2020 season was his first as a full-time starter. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Will IU football program run its NFL Draft streak to eight years in a row?," 29 Apr. 2021 See this week’s entry form for a few more formatting tips. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1434: Go ahead, mate my bay," 29 Apr. 2021 Vehicle passes will be distributed by lottery, and households are limited to one lottery entry per season. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Firefly lottery, vaccine exemptions, data breach: News from around our 50 states," 29 Apr. 2021 Back in March 2020, Trump invoked Title 42, an obscure public health statute from 1944 that allows the president to deny entry into the United States to foreign nationals who might spread a communicable disease. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: The cruelty of Biden’s immigration policy," 29 Apr. 2021 Festival participants must complete a daily symptom survey, and masks are required on entry. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Windy City Smokeout to return to Chicago in July with new COVID-19 requirements for attendees," 29 Apr. 2021 AT&T Fiber’s home internet entry speed, for example, will now be 300Mbps, up from 100Mbps. Andy Meek, BGR, "If you have this home internet service, you’re about to get a huge speed boost," 29 Apr. 2021 To be entered for a bonus entry, participants can repost on their story for an additional five entries. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "70-plus Dallas-area restaurants offering Mother’s Day meal specials," 29 Apr. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Entry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entry. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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