• (British, America) enPR: ĕn'trəns, IPA: /ˈɛn.tɹəns/


  1. (countable) The action of entering, or going in.
    Her entrance attracted no attention whatsoever.
  2. The act of taking possession, as of property, or of office.
    the entrance of an heir upon his inheritance, or of a magistrate into office
  3. (countable) The place of entering, as a gate or doorway.
    Place your bag by the entrance so that you can find it easily.
  4. (uncountable) The right to go in.
    You'll need a ticket to gain entrance to the museum.
    to give entrance to friends
  5. The entering upon; the beginning, or that with which the beginning is made; the commencement; initiation.
    a difficult entrance into business
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      Beware of entrance to a quarrel.
    • St. Augustine, in the entrance of one of his discourses, makes a kind of apology.
  6. The causing to be entered upon a register, as a ship or goods, at a customhouse; an entering.
    His entrance of the arrival was made the same day.
  7. (nautical) The angle which the bow of a vessel makes with the water at the water line.
  8. (nautical) The bow, or entire wedgelike forepart of a vessel, below the water line.
  9. (music) When a musician starts playing or singing, entry.
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  • (British) IPA: /ɛnˈtɹæns/

entrance (entrances, present participle entrancing; past and past participle entranced)

  1. (transitive) To delight and fill with wonder.
    The children were immediately entranced by all the balloons.
    • 1996, Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, and Jonathan Roberts (writer), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (film)
      See the finest girl in France make an entrance to entrance...
  2. (transitive) To put into a trance.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: mandare in trance
  • Portuguese: extasiar

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