Main definitions of entrance in English

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entrance1

noun

  • 1An opening, such as a door, passage, or gate, that allows access to a place.

    • ‘Improvement work will now allow an impressive entrance to the Saint Patrick Centre from Market Street.’
    • ‘The caretaker of the school will tend the site, closing an access gate and opening another entrance to the public at 4pm each day.’
    • ‘This office is approached through the entrance to Settle town hall.’
    • ‘Two sets of wrought-iron gates herald the entrance to a driveway that sweeps in a horseshoe round the front of the building.’
    • ‘Plainclothes members of the public security bureau were watching the great red gate at the entrance to the crematorium yesterday.’
    • ‘The entrance to the monastery is on the eastern side of the first level and at the far end of the entrance hall, behind a stonewall, part of which still exists, was the crypt.’
    • ‘There is a gate lodge at the entrance to the estate, a number of cottages and a stable block, which may have potential for conversion to residential use.’
    • ‘I've just passed under the grand arch at the entrance to Lions Gate Studios.’
    • ‘After fixing the gates across the entrance to the farmyard to keep the sheep in one place we marched up the hill to drive them down.’
    • ‘Finally, we reach the entrance to the gate, where two big doors swing open to let us in.’
    • ‘The Golden Gate, a 4,200 ft suspension bridge, spans the Golden Gate Strait at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.’
    • ‘Tonsils and adenoids are located strategically near the entrance to the breathing passages where they can catch incoming infections.’
    • ‘He paused before passing through the first gate and into the short passageway between the entrance to the fortress and the inner portcullis.’
    • ‘The Santa Monica courthouse has five entrances and most news channel had one camera crew at each entrance to try to get a picture.’
    entry, way in, means of access, means of entry, ingress, access, approach
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    1. 1.1[usually in singular] An act or instance of going or coming in.
      ‘at their abrupt entrance he rose to his feet’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the next day, he saw an opportunity to gain possible entrance into the warm building.’
      • ‘Startled by the abrupt entrance of his daughter, he got up quickly.’
      appearance, arrival, entry, ingress, coming, coming in, going in, materialization, approach, introduction
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    2. 1.2[usually in singular] The coming of an actor or performer onto a stage.
      ‘her final entrance is as a triumphant princess’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first idea we glean from him is his description in the stage direction that introduces his first entrance into the stage.’
      • ‘A conceited thespian, he treats every introduction as a stage entrance and every conversation is a source of high drama and shameless posturing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The entrance on to the stage was greeted with a mixture of squealing, screams, shouts and rounds of applause!’
    3. 1.3 The 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’
      • ‘He had a perfect A average as an undergraduate but his father, a milkman, had no political connections so he was denied entrance.’
      • ‘There's even talk of instituting entrance exams to decrease the number of students entering community colleges.’
      • ‘In the spring of 1924 Leopold passed the entrance exam to enter the law school at Harvard University in the fall.’
      • ‘If they had this rule, ladies would have the right to demand entrance.’
      • ‘Places are determined by the results of the nationwide university entrance examination.’
      • ‘This practice marked entrance into Baptist society, and demanded a rejection of infant baptism.’
      • ‘As they patiently waited in line, they continually saw people show up and gain entrance right away without having to wait.’
      • ‘The upcoming yearly college entrance examination creates a huge demand for such pencils.’
      • ‘It is widely regarded as an elite institution and only one out of every 100 candidates for the tough entrance examinations gain admission.’
      • ‘The cost of the outing included entrance fee, a guided tour of the garden and a light lunch of organic food.’
      • ‘The only way it will commend itself to students and become established is as a prerequisite of university entrance, demanded by students and vice - chancellors alike.’
      • ‘Following graduation from high school, he set out for Tokyo to prepare for university entrance examinations.’
      • ‘Universities took up this work, awarding certificates which exempted the holders from university entrance examinations.’
      • ‘The winner is able to go straight to university without attending entrance examinations.’
      • ‘This now historic activity started in 1862 when the universities ceased to have entrance examinations and ended in 1968.’
      • ‘Police are certain the three are connected because in each case entrance was gained via windows at the rear of the properties which were all in close proximity to each other.’
      • ‘The senate was usually limited to 600 members, and entrance was dependent on property qualifications and election to key offices.’
      • ‘By the time they have cleared the school examinations, professional entrance tests are upon them, catching them unawares.’
      • ‘She was well on course to gain the grades in chemistry, geology, biology and history she needed to gain university entrance.’
      • ‘If the reliability of the Bagrut exams is undermined, the universities will introduce entrance examinations, he warned.’
      admission, admittance, entry, access, ingress, entrée, permission to enter, right of entry, the opportunity to enter
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    4. 1.4Music
      another term for entry

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

entrance

/ˈentrəns/

Main definitions of entrance in English

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entrance2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Fill (someone) with wonder and delight, holding their entire attention.

    ‘I was entranced by a cluster of trees that were lit up by fireflies’
    ‘he had never seen a more entrancing woman’
    • ‘Even though I'd been in groups with Tony for years, I was still entranced by the hypnotic magic of his playing.’
    • ‘The story has entranced audiences for decades, teaching them never to be vain and always whistle while they work.’
    • ‘His short stories and novels continue to delight and entrance readers all over the world.’
    • ‘Into this complex situation steps Leyla, a beautiful woman who entrances him at the swimming pool, with horrible results.’
    • ‘The programme has entranced fans with its comings and goings.’
    • ‘Even the youngest children sat entranced by the story of a young girl's Christmas dream coming to life.’
    • ‘The last short stories that succeeded in totally entrancing me were those contained in the first two books by him.’
    • ‘I was soon entranced and the kids remained spellbound throughout.’
    • ‘I was absolutely entranced, it was so delightfully madcap.’
    • ‘Even as a one-year-old, he was entranced by music programs on radio.’
    • ‘Yet, the bright shimmer of the production that had initially served to distract from the songs slowly, ineluctably, entranced me.’
    • ‘You come away entranced by the good nature of the couple.’
    • ‘From the very first notes they played, the City of Oxford Orchestra entranced the audience last Saturday.’
    • ‘I got enough information to realize how the cave entranced visitors with its wonderful underground scenery.’
    • ‘The whole crowd of people were entranced by their music and even some of the performers were stopping in front of them to watch.’
    • ‘I had only ever seen flat, safe beaches and seas before and I was absolutely entranced by the power and beauty of this new experience.’
    • ‘The most distinctive feature, his face, would entrance girls to him; that very same feature would drive them off later.’
    • ‘Their powerful sound echoed through the gorge and entranced the crowd.’
    • ‘Something about her just entranced me, captivated me completely and totally.’
    • ‘There were juggling acts that seemed to defy the laws of physics, entrancing Spanish musicians using their feet and weights attached to ropes to create a hypnotic rhythm.’
    enchant, bewitch, beguile, enrapture, captivate, capture, mesmerize, hypnotize, spellbind, hold spellbound, send into raptures, send into transports
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    1. 1.1 Cast a spell on.
      ‘Orpheus entranced the wild beasts’
      • ‘She pauses a moment, partially entranced before breaking the impending spell.’
      • ‘It had bewitched her, entranced her, and now she found that she could not tear her gaze away from him.’
      • ‘Perfomance is about the capacity to entrance by entering into a trance.’
      • ‘He cast a sleeping spell on him and entranced her.’
      • ‘In many nineteenth century ballets the women are in some way entranced, under a spell, or dead.’
      cast a spell on, put a spell on, put under a spell, put in a trance, bewitch, witch, hex, spellbind, hypnotize, mesmerize
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

entrance

/enˈtrans//inˈtrans/