enchant vs entrance what difference

what is difference between enchant and entrance


Alternative forms

  • enchaunt, inchant, inchaunt (all obsolete)


From Middle English enchaunten, from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre, present active infinitive of incantō.
Doublet of incant.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtʃænt/, /ɛnˈtʃænt/
  • (Northern England) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtʃant/, /ɛnˈtʃant/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtʃɑːnt/, /ɛnˈtʃɑːnt/
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɘnˈtʃɐːnt/, /enˈtʃɐːnt/
  • Rhymes: -ænt, -ɑːnt


enchant (third-person singular simple present enchants, present participle enchanting, simple past and past participle enchanted)

  1. To attract and delight, to charm.
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, “[1],” New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012):
      New Jersey was reeling on Wednesday from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which has caused catastrophic flooding here in Hoboken and in other New York City suburbs, destroyed entire neighborhoods across the state and wiped out iconic boardwalks in shore towns that had enchanted generations of vacationgoers.
  2. To cast a spell upon (often one that attracts or charms).
    • 2009, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary, Paizo Publishing, →ISBN, page 241
      With the aid of his eponymous pipes, a satyr is capable of weaving a wide variety of melodic spells designed to enchant others and bring them in line with his capricious desires.
  3. (role-playing games) To magically enhance or degrade an item.


Derived terms

Related terms



  • Nechtan

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of enchaunten


Alternative forms

  • entraunce

Etymology 1

From Middle French entrance (entry). Replaced native Middle English ingang (entrance, admission), from Old English ingang (ingress, entry, entrance).


  • (UK, US) enPR: ĕn’trəns, IPA(key): /ˈɛn.tɹəns/


entrance (countable and uncountable, plural entrances)

  1. (countable) The action of entering, or going in.
  2. The act of taking possession, as of property, or of office.
  3. (countable) The place of entering, as a gate or doorway.
  4. (uncountable) The right to go in.
  5. The entering upon; the beginning, or that with which the beginning is made; the commencement; initiation.
    a difficult entrance into business
    • 1794, Henry Hunter, Sacred Biography
      in the entrance of the history of this great patriarch
  6. The causing to be entered upon a register, as a ship or goods, at a customhouse; an entering.
  7. (nautical) The angle which the bow of a vessel makes with the water at the water line.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ham. Nav. Encyc to this entry?)
  8. (nautical) The bow, or entire wedgelike forepart of a vessel, below the water line.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  9. (music) When a musician starts playing or singing, entry.
  • ingang
  • exit

Etymology 2

From en- + trance (daze)


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛnˈtɹæns/
  • Rhymes: -æns


entrance (third-person singular simple present entrances, present participle entrancing, simple past and past participle entranced)

  1. (transitive) To delight and fill with wonder.
    • 1996, Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, and Jonathan Roberts, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (film)
      See the finest girl in France make an entrance to entrance
  2. (transitive) To put into a trance.


  • centenar, enneract, rectenna

Middle French


First attested in late Old French, from entrer +‎ -ance.


entrance f (plural entrances)

  1. entrance (place where entry is possible)
  2. permission to enter


  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (entrance)
  • “entrance” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).




  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of entrançar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of entrançar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of entrançar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of entrançar

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