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.

Definitions of entree
  1. noun
    the principal dish of a meal
    synonyms: main course
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    plate
    a main course served on a plate
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    course
    part of a meal served at one time
  2. noun
    the act of entering
    “she made a graceful entree into the ballroom”
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    entering, entrance, entry, incoming, ingress
    the act of entering
  3. noun
    the right to enter
    synonyms: access, accession, admission, admittance
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    door
    anything providing a means of access (or escape)
    open door
    freedom of access
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    right
    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  4. noun
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
    synonyms: entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway
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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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