entrance


noun

  1. an act of entering, as into a place or upon new duties.
  2. a point or place of entering; an opening or passage for entering, as a doorway.
  3. the right, privilege, or permission to enter; admission: People improperly dressed will be refused entrance to the theater.
  4. Theater. the moment or place in the script at which an actor comes on the stage.
  5. Music.
    1. the point in a musical score at which a particular voice or instrument joins the ensemble.
    2. the way in which this is done: a sloppy entrance.
  6. a manner, means, or style of entering a room, group, etc.; way of coming into view: She mimicked Joan’s entrance.
  7. Nautical. the immersed portion of a hull forward of the middle body (opposed to run).

verb (used with object), en·tranced, en·tranc·ing.

  1. to fill with delight or wonder; enrapture.
  2. to put into a trance: to be hypnotically entranced.

noun

  1. the act or an instance of entering; entry
  2. a place for entering, such as a door or gate
    1. the power, liberty, or right of entering; admission
    2. (as modifier)an entrance fee
  3. the coming of an actor or other performer onto a stage

verb (tr)

  1. to fill with wonder and delight; enchant
  2. to put into a trance; hypnotize
n.

1520s, “act of entering,” from Middle French entrance, from entrer (see enter). Sense of “door, gate” first recorded in English 1530s.

v.

“to throw into a trance,” 1590s, from en- (1) “put in” + trance (n.). Meaning “to delight” also is 1590s. Related: Entranced; entrancing.

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