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(also entree)
  • 1The main course of a meal.

    ‘The meals include an entrée, soup, salad, sandwich and dessert for a cost of $6.’
    • ‘The next course is a ‘Menu Planner’ that's built around five easy-to-follow steps: Search for a meal, choose an entrée, add extras, get your menu, and make a shopping list.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the entrées were the real highlights of the meal.’
    • ‘Now if I'm paying more than $20 for an entrée, I expect a meal where the chef has considered how to marry the protein with the side dishes into a product greater than its parts.’
    • ‘My friend ordered a pork tenderloin from the meat and fish entrées.’
    • ‘Vegan treats include a series of entrées, namely soup, chapattis, pizza and salad.’
    • ‘The entrées feature a grilled section of lamb, beef and chicken as well as four seafood dishes.’
    • ‘Rather, he established his identity and quickly got down to the meat of the matter, the real entrée: the political landscape of his homeland, over which he took this reviewer on a breathtaking tour.’
    • ‘This is a perfect match against the entrée, which features spicy sausage laid over the soft and subtle graininess of creamy risotto.’
    • ‘As our trio discussed how softly fruity and expansive the bottle of Australian Earthworks Shiraz was, the entrées arrived by way of the affable but scattered server.’
    • ‘The large selection of vegetarian entrées starts at $7.95 for red lentils cooked with onions, tomatoes and cumin, and runs up to $12.95 for the vegetable biryani.’
    • ‘As far as entrées go, don't miss the salmon tartar.’
    • ‘For entrées, I chose the succulent, herb-basted rack of spring lamb in a chokecherry and Chardonnay reduction.’
    • ‘Things have changed - you can still get fish, but with entrées from $14 to $21, this is no longer eat-and-run territory.’
    • ‘The entrées come with Mexican-style rice cooked in tomato stock, some refried beans and, best of all, a little jicama salad that takes the edge right off the chiles in the sauces.’
    • ‘It out-New Yorked New York with entrées of pheasant, grilled salmon, or sweetbreads that seem strikingly au courant.’
    • ‘The mussels are disappointing, but the entrées read well.’
    • ‘The best of the entrées I tried here was thin fillets of skate wing, fried until they were beautifully crisp and russety brown.’
    • ‘A few of the entrées are truly delicious, like the catfish and the ribs.’
    • ‘The moderate success of the Caribbean appetizers gives me a bit of misguided hope for the matching entrées.’
    main course, main dish, main meal
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    1. 1.1British A dish served between the first and main courses at a formal dinner.
      ‘We started, as usual, with a mixed entrée including spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, money bags and curry puffs.’
      • ‘This salad serves two entrée size portions or one good main course size portion.’
      • ‘At this fairly expensive restaurant, all was well - we'd experienced a fantastic entrée, the wine was perfect - until my main course of sea bass arrived on a plate which had brightly painted fish all around the edge.’
  • 2The right to enter or join a particular sphere or group.

    ‘an actress with an entrée into the intellectual society of Berlin’
    • ‘her beauty and charm rapidly gained her entrée to high society’
    • ‘their connections and relative wealth gave them entree to all of the most select entertainments’
    • ‘University provides Benjamin an entrée to a whole new way of life.’
    • ‘The facilities don't have to be as large, although some countries have chosen to use the Commonwealth Games and staging the Commonwealth Games as an entrée to bigger events.’
    • ‘That initial contact gave her entrée into other university offerings.’
    • ‘He had an immediate entrée right into the center of it all: His younger brother was a rapper whose group was starting to get some attention.’
    • ‘Share the exciting world of the Sydney art scene with its art galleries, glitzy openings, glossy publications and entrée into the social pages.’
    • ‘In the early 17th Century, Matteo Ricci's entrée into the Mandarin acceptance world was as the creator of a ‘Great Map of Ten Thousand Countries’.’
    • ‘It was only when this tradition, inherently cautious and conservative, broke down, that writers gained entrée into universities.’
    • ‘The phenomenon in the mid 80s provided Laurie's entrée into the hair accessories market.’
    • ‘It also serves as an entrée into seeking treatment for opportunistic infections and receiving antiretrovirals in the case of advanced HIV infection.’
    • ‘Dinner was only the entrée to the main event though.’
    • ‘Although here too they were not an overwhelming success, the series served as his entrée into American popular culture.’
    means of entry, entrance, entry, ingress, opportunity to enter
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/ˈänˌtrā/ /ˈɑnˌtreɪ/


Mid 17th century French, feminine past participle of entrer ‘enter’ (see entry).