n. pl. en·tries
a. The act or an instance of entering.
b. The privilege or right of entering.
2. Sports The act of entering the water in completing a dive.
3. A means or place by which to enter.
a. The inclusion or insertion of an item, as in a record: made an entry in the ledger.
b. An item entered in this way: a diary full of interesting entries.
a. An entry word, as in a dictionary; a headword.
b. A headword along with its related text.
6. One entered in a competition: received 400 entries for the poetry contest.
[Middle English entre, from Old French entree, from feminine past participle of entrer, to enter; see ENTER.]
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