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Entré, n. Also: enttré, entree. [ME. entré (c 1300), entree, OF. entrée. Cf. Entra, Entrie, and Intré.]

1. The act of entering into a place. Freq. in to mak (also tak) entré.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xiii. 41.
He in til his fyrste enttre Of Alysandir … techit the ewangele
c1420 Wynt. ii. 897.
Quhen thare entre fyrst began In to thai landis that thai wan
?1438 Alex. ii. 3043.
Thare worthit vs defend or assale, And win entre with great battale
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 120.
Thare was … Ianus god of entree delytable
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 217/4.
Schir Robert Sempill … havand the entre be him self at Wallace towere
1513 Doug. i. vi. 144.
Now hald thy way, and at the Quenys entre Present thy self
1561 Crim. Trials I. 409.
Returnand agane to the portis of the said burghe, vsand the samyn be ische and entre
(2) c1420 Wynt. ii. 1672.
A port off the mekyll sé, Quhare that pylgrymys mais entre
Ib. iv. 898.
The kyng of Pers … In till yhoure gret flot … All affrayid has tane entré
Ib. v. 3669; etc.
I mak thé inhybytyowne In Goddys kyrk to mak entre
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 9.
The king maid his solempnit entree … in the tolbuytht of Edinburghe

b. Applied to the movement of things, or the beginning of periods of time. c1420 Wynt. i. 923.
In that se, forowtyn dowt, The watterys … tays entre
Ib. vi. 1411.
Quhare the ayre mycht hawe entre
Ib. ix. 1250 (C).
Off tha [monethis] the fyrst was Ianuer, … The ȝet or fyrst entre Off the ȝher
1456 Hay II. 127/2.
In the first entre of that takyn callit the Ram

2. Opportunity or leave to enter. a1400 Leg. S. iii. 1003.
Thane com a pylgrime … to the ȝet, … For Goddis sak entre askand
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 3105.
[They] led thaim to gret Ilioun And gaif thaim entre thar in haist
c1420 Wynt. viii. 1080.
Quhen he Oppynyd the dure till mak entré, ‘Cwm in, cwm in’, he wald … say
1456 Hay I. 60/34.
A consul … wald hald him at the portis, and nocht geve him entree
c1450-2 Howlat 141.
He … ay will haue entre In hous and in hall hie
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlii. 62.
Lust sayis; ‘We wald haif entre heir’
a1540 Freiris Berw. 79.
Thay knew the ȝettis wer closit fast, That thay on na wayis micht gett entre

b. In the phrase (fre) ische and entré. 1429 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 10.
He … sall haf fre vsche and entre in to the said castell
1481 Peebles B. Rec. 189.
Quhylk ische and entre to the forsaid land sall reman for euirmar
1499 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 625.
To be haldin … wyth fre ysche & entre
1515 Edgerston Writ (Reg. H.).
The saidis half landis … to be josit & bruikit be the said Walter … in … commone pasture, fre ische & entre [etc.]
1573 Douglas Bequest (Reg. H.) 9 Nov.
The said Robert Coluile … to occupie the saidis landis … with frie ische and entre

3. A place of entrance. 1375 Barb. v. 382.
Men … befor send he, That fand all opyn the entré
Ib. vi. 362.
His vit hym schawit the strat entre
a1400 Leg. S. xxxv. 15.
Of hyre house the entre Wald oft of blud be-ronnyn be
c1420 Wynt. v. 3005.
He closyt fast Off that deipe den the entre
c1475 Wall. iv. 226.
The bryg was doun at that entré suld keipe
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 75.
He saw throu ane entre Charcole in ane chymne
1513 Doug. i. iv. 8.
Ane havyn place with a lang hals or entre Thar is
Ib. ii. x. 128; etc.
Within the portis and entre Of my faderis lugyng am I cummyn
1533 Boece ix. vi. 299 b.
The dissymulate Saxoun secretely aduertising Britouns of ane prive entre

4. The coming in of goods to a port; the entry of this in the books of the port or town. 14.. Acts I. 305/2.
Of a hors lade of salmonde at the entre a peny
Ib. 306/2.
Of onyonys and garlik at the entre nathyng
1480 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 37.
That or the entre be tane the bell pas throw the toune [etc.]
Gif ony vther nychtbour byis the guidis efter the entre
1506 Edinb. Chart. 189.
That na strangearis bringand merchandice … sell or mak mercat thairof … quhill entre be maid thairof to our toun of Edinburgh
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 169.
With the … fredomes of the port of Leith and Newhavyn, quharthrow thai ressaue all entre of schippis

b. The coming in of revenue. 1456 Hay II. 156/14.
That he knaw the issu and the entree of his costis and expens

5. Entry into possession or occupation of land. 1428 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 461.
Makand the said land … free at thair vscher lyke as ony of thaim resavis it at thair entre
1472 Lennox Mun. 91.
Sen thair may na thing cum betwene the deid of the antecessour and the entre of the ayr that may stop the ayr of hys entre
1496 Acta Conc. II. 27.
The accioun … anent the entre of the sade Thomas to the aucht akeris of the Dam busk
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 285/1.
The entre of the said David beginnand at the fest of S. Elene callit Beltane
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 26.
Quhilk entre salbe at the day of the dait of thir present letres

6. Entry into office, occupation, or membership of a body; the sum paid for membership. c1420 Wynt. vi. 1384.
The byschape than confessyd, how he Off hys byschapryk gat entré
1456 Hay I. 145/20.
Sum haldis that the wagis suld be payit till advocatis and procuratouris … in the first entree
1474 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 32.
Ilk prentis to pay at his entre … half a merk
1500 Ib. 81.
Euery master … that takis ane prentis to pay at his entre ten schillingis
1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 240.
For his scolage now at his entre to the scoile
1564 Inverness B. Rec. I. 118.
Sande Balye … sall pay his dubyll entre
1569 Ib. 180.
His dubbill entre payit to the thesaurer

7. Appearance or presentation in a court of justice; return of a prisoner to custody. 1410 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 31.
The parteis … withdrawand thaim … fyndis borrowis of thair entre as custum is
1456 Hay I. 184/27.
I say he is nocht behaldyn to cum agayne till his entree, bot gif he war asseurit of his lyf
1496 Treas. Acc. I. 217.
For the entre of a man to the Justice aire of Coupar
1510 Crim. Trials I. 65.
That thai enter the persounis that thai are plegis for … under the panis that thai are bundin for thair entre

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