entree

Go to a fancy restaurant and take a look at the menu. If you decide to order the chicken, you've just selected your entree.

Entree, pronounced "ON-tray" and sometimes spelled entrée, is another word for main course, at least as it's usually used in this country. Sometimes people talk about having an entree into society, or into some club. When it's used in those contexts, it usually means you have someone who's going to smooth the way, introduce you, and allow you to enter.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: entree

1
n
the principal dish of a meal
2
n
the act of entering
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: entree
1

n the principal dish of a meal

Synonyms:
main course
Types:
plate
a main course served on a plate
Type of:
course
part of a meal served at one time
2

n the act of entering

“she made a graceful entree into the ballroom”
Type of:
entering, entrance, entry, incoming, ingress
the act of entering

n the right to enter

Synonyms:
access, accession, admission, admittance
Types:
door
anything providing a means of access (or escape)
open door
freedom of access
Type of:
right
an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

n something that provides access (to get in or get out)

Synonyms:
entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway
Types:
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arch, archway
a passageway under a curved masonry construction
door, doorway, room access, threshold
the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
gateway
an entrance that can be closed by a gate
hatchway, opening, scuttle
an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
pithead
the entrance to a coal mine
portal
a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
porte-cochere
a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
servant's entrance, service door, service entrance
an entrance intended for the use of servants or for delivery of goods and removal of refuse
stage door
an entrance to the backstage area of theater; used by performers and other theater personnel
vomitory
an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
escape hatch
hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
exterior door, outside door
a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
Type of:
access, approach
a way of entering or leaving
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