Entrance vs entrance

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Entrance and entrance are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words entrance and entrance, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Entrance (IN trunce) is a noun that means a way to come in, an opening like a door or archway through which one may pass to come inside a building, garden or other place. Entrance may also mean the act of coming through an opening; gaining access to a society, club, or government; or it may describe the appearance of an actor on stage. The word entrance is derived from the French word entrer, which means to enter.

Entrance (in TRANCE) is a verb that means to delight, to enrapture, to awe, to put someone into a trance. Entrance may be used when someone is put under a magical spell, or it may be used simply to mean that someone is consumed with enjoying or studying something that is interesting. Related words are entrances, entranced, entrancing. The word entrance is derived from the prefix, en-, which means put in, and the word trance.


After graduating from high school, an achievement she could only celebrate with her friends via TikTok, 18-year-old Daariin Ariij Nabiila Mumtaz had to sit the highly competitive annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN), wearing a mask and a face shield for protection. (The Jakarta Post)

Disneyland is putting the finishing touches on new health and safety precautions at the entrances to Downtown Disney as the Anaheim theme park prepares to reopen the outdoor shopping mall later this week. (The Orange County Register)

Instead of ripping on guitar she creates lush electronic soundscapes; listeners are either puzzled by her sounds or completely entranced. (The Boston Herald)

Helen Atlas, former publisher and editor of the publication Dance News, was there and recalled that when Mr. Nichols’s two Great Danes bounded in, Mr. Fadeyechev was entranced — he had never seen such large dogs. (The New York Times)