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Inherited from Middle English entre, from Old French entree (feminine past participle of the verb entrer, Modern French entrée). From Latin intrō.


  • enPR: ĕnʹtrē, IPA(key): /ˈɛntɹi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛntɹi
  • Hyphenation: en‧try


entry (countable and uncountable, plural entries)

  1. The act of entering.
    The wrestler's dramatic entry into the stadium was very impressive.
  2. (uncountable) Permission to enter.
    Children are allowed entry only if accompanied by an adult.
    Strictly no entry for under-18s
  3. A doorway that provides a means of entering a building.
  4. (law) The act of taking possession.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  5. (insurance) The start of an insurance contract.
  6. (Midlands) A passageway between terraced houses that provides a means of entering a back garden or yard.
  7. A small room immediately inside the front door of a house or other building, often having an access to a stairway and leading on to other rooms
  8. A small group formed within a church, especially Episcopal, for simple dinner and fellowship, and to help facilitate new friendships
  9. An item in a list, such as an article in a dictionary or encyclopedia.
  10. A record made in a log, diary or anything similarly organized; (computing) a datum in a database.
    What does the entry for 2 August 2005 say?
  11. (linear algebra) A term at any position in a matrix.
    The entry in the second row and first column of this matrix is 6.
  12. The exhibition or depositing of a ship's papers at the customhouse, to procure licence to land goods; or the giving an account of a ship's cargo to the officer of the customs, and obtaining his permission to land the goods.
  13. (music) The point when a musician starts to play or sing; entrance.
  14. (hunting) The introduction of new hounds into a pack.
    • 1956, Baily's Hunting Directory, page 311:
      Here was an excellent entry of hounds which would have fulfilled the late Earl Bathurst's dictum that breeders should always breed from hounds rather larger than those which they expect to put on.



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