What does entrance mean?

Definitions for entrance
ˈɛn trənsen·trance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word entrance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. entrance, entranceway, entryway, entry, entreenoun

    something that provides access (to get in or get out)

    "they waited at the entrance to the garden"; "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"

  2. entrance, enteringnoun

    a movement into or inward

  3. entrance, entering, entry, ingress, incomingverb

    the act of entering

    "she made a grand entrance"

  4. capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchantverb

    attract; cause to be enamored

    "She captured all the men's hearts"

  5. entrance, spellbindverb

    put into a trance

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Entrancenoun

    Etymology: entrant, French.

    Whence are you, sir? Has the porter his eyes in his head, that he gives entrance to such companions? Pray, get you out. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Where diligence opens the door of the understanding, and impartially keeps it, truth is sure to find both an entrance and a welcome too. Robert South, Sermons.

    The reason, that I gather, he is mad,
    Is a mad tale he told to-day at dinner,
    Of his own door being shut against his entrance. William Shakespeare.

    Better far, I guess,
    That we do make our entrance several ways. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women meerly players;
    They have their exits and their entrances. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    He charged them to keep the passages of the hilly country; for by them there was an entrance into Judea. Judith iv. 7.

    Palladio did conclude, that the principal entrance was never to be regulated by any certain dimensions, but by the dignity of the master. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    Many are the ways that lead
    To his grim cave, all dismal! yet to sense
    More terrible at th’ entrance than within. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Let this, and every other anxious thought,
    At th’ entrance of my threshold be forgot. John Dryden, Juven.

    This is that which, at first entrance, balks and cools them: they want their liberty. John Locke.

    He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    From the first entrance of this king to his reign, never was king either more loving, or better beloved. John Hayward, Edw. VI.

    St. Augustine, in the entrance of one of his sermons, makes a kind of apology. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    The earl of Holland we have had occasion to mention before in the first entrance upon this discourse. Edward Hyde.

  2. To Entranceverb

    Etymology: from trance; transe, French, from transeo, Latin, to pass over; to pass for a time from one region to another.

    With delight I was all the while entranced, and carried so far from myself, as that I am right sorry that you ended so soon. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.

    Adam, now enforc’d to close his eyes,
    Sunk down, and all his spirits became entranc’d. John Milton.

    And I so ravish’d with her heav’nly note,
    I stood entranc’d, and had no room for thought;
    But all o’erpowder’d with ecstasy of bliss,
    Was in a pleasing dream of paradise. Dryden.


  1. entrance

    An entrance is a door, gate, or any other point or place which allows access into a building, structure or area. It is the means by which one can enter or gain access to a particular location. Alternatively, it can also refer to the act or action of entering or the start or beginning of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entrancenoun

    the act of entering or going into; ingress; as, the entrance of a person into a house or an apartment; hence, the act of taking possession, as of property, or of office; as, the entrance of an heir upon his inheritance, or of a magistrate into office

  2. Entrancenoun

    liberty, power, or permission to enter; as, to give entrance to friends

  3. Entrancenoun

    the passage, door, or gate, for entering

  4. Entrancenoun

    the entering upon; the beginning, or that with which the beginning is made; the commencement; initiation; as, a difficult entrance into business

  5. Entrancenoun

    the causing to be entered upon a register, as a ship or goods, at a customhouse; an entering; as, his entrance of the arrival was made the same day

  6. Entrancenoun

    the angle which the bow of a vessel makes with the water at the water line

  7. Entrancenoun

    the bow, or entire wedgelike forepart of a vessel, below the water line

  8. Entranceverb

    to put into a trance; to make insensible to present objects

  9. Entranceverb

    to put into an ecstasy; to ravish with delight or wonder; to enrapture; to charm

  10. Etymology: [Pref. en- + trance.]


  1. Entrance

    In Eastern Orthodoxy, an entrance is a procession during which the clergy enter into the sanctuary through the Holy Doors. The origin of these entrances goes back to the early church, when the liturgical books and sacred vessels were kept in special storage rooms for safe keeping and the procession was necessary to bring these objects into the church when needed. Over the centuries, these processions have grown more elaborate, and nowadays are accompanied by incense, candles and liturgical fans. In the liturgical theology of the Orthodox Church, the angels are believed to enter with the clergy into the sanctuary, as evidenced by the prayers which accompany the various entrances The bishop has the right to enter and leave the altar through the Holy Doors at any time, and is not restricted to the liturgical entrances, as the priest and deacon are.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Entrance

    en′trans, n. act of entering: power or right to enter: the place for entering, the door: the beginning.—n. En′trant, one who, or that which, enters. [Fr. entrer—L. intrāre, to enter.]

  2. Entrance

    en-trans′, v.t. to put into a trance: to fill with rapturous delight.—n. Entrance′ment, state of trance or of excessive joy.—p.adj. Entranc′ing, charming, transporting.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. entrance

    A term for the bow of a vessel, or form of the fore-body under the load water-line; it expresses the figure of that which encounters the sea, and is the opposite of run. Also, the first appearance of a person on board after entry on the ship's books. Also, the fore-foot of a ship. Also, the mouth of a harbour.

Editors Contribution

  1. entrance

    A space for entry.

    The entrance to the building is spacious, airy and light.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

  2. entrance

    A way for entry.

    The entrance policy is easy and simple to understand.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entrance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3190

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entrance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3810

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entrance' in Nouns Frequency: #1268

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entrance in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entrance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of entrance in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Beware Of entrance to a quarrel but being in, Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy rich, not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

  2. Mohammed Meram:

    He is well and directing the southern and popular resistance in order to prevent the entrance of the militia forces into Aden.

  3. Counterterrorism John Miller:

    At approximately 4:15 this afternoon, an individual entered the museum, attempted to gain entrance presenting his membership card and was denied entrance because his membership had expired. His membership had expired as a result of two incidents involving disorderly conduct here at the museum on two separate dates in recent days, he became upset about not being allowed entrance and then jumped over the reception desk and proceeded to attack and stab two employees of the museum multiple times.

  4. Ludwig van Beethoven:

    Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.

  5. Vladimir Putin:

    We signed a number of documents regarding our military cooperation. For example regarding the entrance of our ships to Cypriot ports.

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