There are 2 main definitions of entrance in English:

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entrance 1

Pronunciation: /ˈentrəns/


1An opening, such as a door, passage, or gate, that allows access to a place.
Example sentences
  • Two sets of wrought-iron gates herald the entrance to a driveway that sweeps in a horseshoe round the front of the building.
  • The caretaker of the school will tend the site, closing an access gate and opening another entrance to the public at 4pm each day.
  • He paused before passing through the first gate and into the short passageway between the entrance to the fortress and the inner portcullis.
1.1 [usually in singular] An act or instance of going or coming in: at their abrupt entrance he rose to his feet
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  • Steps have already been taken to try and reduce the number of vehicles driving on the surface, with the placement of new bollards restricting the entrance of heavy vans entering the town.
  • Startled by the abrupt entrance of his daughter, he got up quickly.
  • However, the next day, he saw an opportunity to gain possible entrance into the warm building.
appearance, arrival, entry, ingress, coming
1.2 [usually in singular] The coming of an actor or performer onto a stage: her final entrance is as a triumphant princess
More example sentences
  • A conceited thespian, he treats every introduction as a stage entrance and every conversation is a source of high drama and shameless posturing.
  • A signature tune was also used to herald the entrance of an individual performer in variety shows, a practice that continues on some television chat-shows.
  • It was an entrance modelled on the performance of Gary Cooper in High Noon and here, just down the road from Hollywood, it was made by the biggest star in town.
1.3The right, means, or opportunity to enter somewhere or be a member of an institution, society, or other body: about fifty people attempted to gain entrance [as modifier]: an entrance examination
More example sentences
  • If the reliability of the Bagrut exams is undermined, the universities will introduce entrance examinations, he warned.
  • The senate was usually limited to 600 members, and entrance was dependent on property qualifications and election to key offices.
  • It is widely regarded as an elite institution and only one out of every 100 candidates for the tough entrance examinations gain admission.
1.4 Music another term for entry.


make an (or one's) entrance

(Of an actor or performer) come on stage.
Example sentences
  • Then the explosions make their entrance, stage left to resounding fanfare.
  • While protocol states I shouldn't pass critical judgment on a preview performance, it might be okay to say that by far the most entertaining part came midway through the second act, when one of the actors was attempting to make his entrance.
  • We heard his voice before he makes his entrance on stage and what a sweet voice it was.
1.1Enter somewhere in a conspicuous or impressive way: she slowly counted to ten before making her entrance
More example sentences
  • I had to sneak up on to the roof of the north stand forty minutes before making my entrance while all the safety checks were made.
  • Here's Scarlet O'Hara making her entrance in a dress made out of old drapes.
  • When he makes his entrance into politics, he has to win.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'right or opportunity of admission'): from Old French, from entrer 'enter'.

Words that rhyme with entrance

advance, Afrikaans, à outrance, chance, dance, enhance, faience, France, glance, lance, mischance, outdance, perchance, prance, Provence, stance, trance
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There are 2 main definitions of entrance in English:

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entrance 2

Pronunciation: /inˈtrans/


[with object]
1Fill (someone) with wonder and delight, holding their entire attention: I was entranced by a cluster of trees that were lit up by fireflies (as adjective entrancing) he had never seen a more entrancing woman
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  • His short stories and novels continue to delight and entrance readers all over the world.
  • From the very first notes they played, the City of Oxford Orchestra entranced the audience last Saturday.
  • I was absolutely entranced, it was so delightfully madcap.
enthrall, engross, absorb, fascinate;
stun, stupefy, overpower, electrify;
charm, dazzle, delight
informal bowl over, knock out
1.1Cast a spell on: Orpheus entranced the wild beasts
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  • In many nineteenth century ballets the women are in some way entranced, under a spell, or dead.
  • She pauses a moment, partially entranced before breaking the impending spell.
  • Perfomance is about the capacity to entrance by entering into a trance.



Pronunciation: /inˈtransmənt/
Example sentences
  • Seeing it at the cinema is always both more powerful and ‘easier’ than watching it at home on video or DVD: it's far harder to summon the conditions for entrancement in a domestic space full of distractions and business.
  • The entrancement of this poem also began forty years ago for me, when I was in fact engaged in a life and death struggle between sleeping past and waking into my life.
  • Double-entry bookkeeping has rarely been described with such entrancement.


Pronunciation: /inˈtransiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • What I experienced, depending on dosage, was an hour or two of strong euphoria, in which the whole world and all the people in it seemed entrancingly lovable.
  • With an octane-powered, spiky intro and entrancingly edgy vocals, this song is the band at their dynamic best.
  • Tempered by male and female vocal duties, chugging riffs, spastic drumming and the occasional entrancingly tense lock-groove, they effectively proved themselves a band to watch out for.


Late 16th century (formerly also as intrance): from en-1, in-2 'into' + trance.

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