from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The main dish of a meal.
  • n. A dish served in formal dining immediately before the main course or between two principal courses.
  • n. The act of entering.
  • n. The power, permission, or liberty to enter; admittance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the main course or main dish of a meal
  • n. (historical, US, Canada) a smaller dish served before the main course of a meal.
  • n. The act of entering somewhere, or permission to enter; admittance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coming in, or entrance; hence, freedom of access; permission or right to enter.
  • n. In French usage, a dish served at the beginning of dinner to give zest to the appetite; in English usage, a side dish, served with a joint, or between the courses, as a cutlet, scalloped oysters, etc.
  • n. the dish which comprises the main course of a meal, especially in a restaurant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of entry.
  • n. Entry; freedom of access: as, the entrée of a house.
  • n. A made dish served at the dinner-table between the chief courses.
  • n. In music: Formerly, a slow composition, in march rhythm, usually in two parts, each repeated: so called because often used to accompany the entry of processions in operas and ballets.
  • n. An introduction or a prelude; especially, in an opera or a ballet, the next movement after the overture; an intrada.
  • n. The act of entering; entrance: as, his entrée was very effective.
  • n. An old dance resembling the polonaise, or the music for it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the principal dish of a meal
  • n. the act of entering
  • n. the right to enter
  • n. something that provides access (to get in or get out)


French entrée, from Old French entree; see entry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French entrée. (Wiktionary)


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