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en·trance 1

1. The act or an instance of entering.
2. A means or point by which to enter.
3. Permission or power to enter; admission: gained entrance to medical school.
4. The point, as in a musical score, at which a performer begins.
5. The first entry of an actor into a scene.
6. Nautical The immersed part of a ship's hull forward of the middle body.

[Middle English entraunce, right to enter, from Old French, from entrer, to enter; see enter.]

en·trance 2

tr.v. en·tranced, en·tranc·ing, en·tranc·es
1. To put into a trance.
2. To fill with delight, wonder, or enchantment: a child who was entranced by a fairy tale. See Synonyms at charm.

en·trance′ment n.
en·tranc′ing·ly adv.


having been filled with delight to the exclusion of anything else. See also entrance2
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.entranced - filled with wonder and delightentranced - filled with wonder and delight  
enchanted - influenced as by charms or incantations


[ɪnˈtrɑːnst] adjfasciné(e)
For three hours we sat entranced → Nous sommes restés assis pendant trois heures, fascinés.
I became entranced with the idea → Cette idée a commencé à m'obséder.
see also entranceentrance examination entrance exam nexamen m d'entrée, examen m d'admissionentrance fee n (to club)droit m d'inscription; (to museum)droit m d'entréeentrance hall n [house, hotel] → hall m d'entréeentrance ramp n (US) (to motorway)bretelle f d'accèsentrance requirements npl (for university)conditions fpl d'admission
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But this stranger, far from succumbing to Emilie's scopic field, is gazing entrancedly at another: "Son regard fixe suivait les mouvements d'une danseuse, en trahissant quelque sentiment profond." And Emilie's own gaze is seized and led in to his visual vector: "Mlle de Fontaine suivit alors la direction que prenaient les regards du jeune homme, et apercut la cause de cette insouciance." Emilie is marginalized by the young man's oblivion at the same time that she is becoming enraptured by his perfect appearance, at the moment when her haughty "survol" is troubled by desire for the first time in her life.