Definition of entrance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈentrəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈentrəns//
    In school, University life, Parts of a house
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  1. 1  [countable] entrance (to something) a door, gate, passage, etc. used for entering a room, building or place the entrance to the museum/the museum entrance A lighthouse marks the entrance to the harbour. the front/back/side entrance of the house an entrance hall/lobby I'll meet you at the main entrance. compare exit See related entries: In school, Parts of a house
  2. going in
  3. 2[countable, usually singular] the act of entering a room, building or place, especially in a way that attracts the attention of other people His sudden entrance took everyone by surprise. A fanfare signalled the entrance of the king. She made her entrance after all the other guests had arrived. The hero makes his entrance (= walks onto the stage) in Scene 2. Wordfinderact, cast, drama, entrance, exit, line, play, role, scene, speech
  4. 3[uncountable] entrance (to something) the right or opportunity to enter a building or place They were refused entrance to the exhibition. The police were unable to gain entrance to the house. an entrance fee (= money paid to go into a museum, etc.)
  5. becoming involved
  6. 4[countable] entrance (into something) the act of becoming involved in something The company made a dramatic entrance into the export market.
  7. to club/institution
  8. 5[uncountable] permission to become a member of a club, society, university, etc. a university entrance exam entrance requirements entrance (to something) Entrance to the golf club is by sponsorship only. See related entries: University life
  9. compare entry
    Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘right or opportunity of admission’): from Old French, from entrer ‘enter’.Extra examples He was waiting at the entrance to the cave. She made a grand entrance once all the guests were assembled. She stood firm, blocking the entrance. She stood in the entrance to the ward. Some of the protesters tried to gain entrance to the meeting. The band left by the rear entrance to escape photographers. The building has only one entrance. The little porch marked the entrance to a churchyard. There is a back entrance from West Street. While the front door is being repaired, please use the side entrance. an entrance ticket to the zoo her entrance into politics students hoping to gain entrance to college the entrance into the car park A life-sized mastodon greets visitors at the entrance to the museum. After so many years in show business he knew how to make an entrance. I’ll meet you at the main entrance. Is there an entrance fee? The Prime Minister’s entrance to the platform was greeted with loud cheers. The hero makes his entrance in scene two. The side entrance is no longer in use. They were refused entrance to the club. What are the entrance requirements for this course?
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