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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And for those who are more desperate to enter, well, Trump has perhaps not considered the fact that America is a city with two enormous coasts, which immigrants are increasingly turning to for entry. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Trump's Wall Won't Work," 22 Feb. 2019 Firefighters freed the woman after forcing entry into the elevator that had stalled between the second and third floors of the five-story property. Verena Dobnik, The Seattle Times, "Woman rescued after 3 days in New York City elevator," 28 Jan. 2019 From there, 500 finalists will be chosen, and their entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will determine the winner. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "A Woman Is Giving Away Her $1.7 Million Dream Home For Just $25 In A Clever Contest," 25 Jan. 2019 Pack hero: Malia Obama, who deferred her Harvard entry to take a three-month educational trip through Bolivia and Peru between interning gigs in film production and at Spain’s U.S. Embassy. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 Sure, Sony made (really good!) action cameras for a while, and other companies, like Garmin and TomTom, put out their own half-decent entries into the market as well. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Talking Hero 7 Black, GoPro’s lack of competition, and the Karma drone on The Vergecast," 18 Dec. 2018 And though Bohemian Rhapsody is filled with music, its entry into the drama category is likely for the same reason. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody aren’t musicals, according to the Golden Globes," 6 Dec. 2018 Police said five suspects forced entry through the front entrance using a vehicle to gain access to the merchandise. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Five suspects take items from store using vehicle to gain entry: Skokie police," 9 July 2018 The outside temperature was about 90 degrees, and police forced entry into the vehicle to remove the dog. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Manchester Police Make Two Animal Cruelty Arrests," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of entry

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 13th century

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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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