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This page has 17 definitions of entrance in English, Middle French, and Portuguese. Entrance is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use entrance in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English entrance definition

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Etymology 1

From Middle French entrance (entry). Replaced native Middle English ingang (entrance, admission), from Old English ingang (ingress, entry, entrance).



entrance (countable and uncountable, plural entrances)

  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.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘It was called the wickedest street in London and the entrance was just here. I imagine the mouth of the road lay between this lamp standard and the second from the next down there.’
    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
  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.
    • 1899, Practical Engineer - Volumes 19-20, page 197:
      A coarse-lined ship, fig. 4, has an angle of entrance of about 40 deg., measured at the load-water line; while a fine-lined ship has only about half that angle.
    • 1919, Shipbuilding and Shipping Record - Volume 13, page 667:
      At low , say 9 knots for a 400-ft. ship, 60 deg. entrance angle (side to side) can be accepted.
    • 2018, Technology and Science for the Ships of the Future:
      This bulb therefore creates a greater wave but has a higher form resistance as the waterlines have larger entrance angles.
  8. (nautical) The bow, or entire wedgelike forepart of a vessel, below the water line.
    • 1781, Horatio Nelson, Diary:
      She [the Albemarle] has a bold entrance, and clean run.
  9. (music) The beginning of a musician's playing or singing; entry.
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Etymology 2

From en- + trance (daze).



entrance (third-person singular simple present entrances, present participle entrancing, simple past and past participle entranced)

  1. (transitive) To delight and fill with wonder.
    The children were immediately entranced by all the balloons.
  2. (transitive) To put into a trance.
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Middle French entrance definition


First attested in late Old French, from entrer +‎ -ance.


entrance f (plural entrances)

  1. entrance (place where entry is possible)
  2. permission to enter


Portuguese entrance definition



  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of entrançar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of entrançar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of entrançar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of entrançar