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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Some entries are funny, some sad and some dry notations on daily activities. courant.com, "Watercolor paintings from world travels on display at Yale Center for British Art," 1 July 2019 Carola Rackete remained under house arrest a day after her ship, the Sea-Watch 3, rammed the Italian border police motorboat that was blocking the entry to the port at Italy’s Lampedusa island. Time, "A Rescue Ship Captain Being Held in Italy Is Attracting Donors and Defenders," 1 July 2019 Five past champs are among the early entries — Buser, Seavey, Leifseth Ulsom, defending champion Pete Kaiser and fan favorite Lance Mackey. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Iditarod gets a new boss, and 40 mushers sign up for 2020 race," 30 June 2019 Carola Rackete remained under house arrest a day after her ship, the Sea-Watch 3, rammed the Italian border police motorboat that was blocking the entry to the port at Italy’s Lampedusa island. Frank Jordans, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescue ship captain held in Italy attracts donors, criticism," 30 June 2019 The newest entry in Bear Republic Brewing’s Challenge Series, one-off beers inspired by competitive racing, is #70 Purple Lightning IPA. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "California beer news: Bear Republic’s latest, Dust Bowl’s new taproom and more," 27 June 2019 Meanwhile, the next major entries in the series, Pokémon Sword and Shield, will be launching on the Switch on November 15th. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Pokémon Masters will bring real-time pokémon battles to mobile this summer," 27 June 2019 Former UO star Phyllis Francis is among the entries for the July 9 Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. oregonlive.com, "Bungling USATF amends Pan Am Games team without explanation: Oregon track & field rundown," 27 June 2019 Frontier's entry is great news for Phoenicians looking to score inexpensive flights as more airlines compete on the route. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Frontier Airlines launches Phoenix-Las Vegas flights Sept. 6," 25 June 2019

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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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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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