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Entres, n 1 Also: enttres, entresse; entrace, entrais, entrays; entrese, entrees, entreis(e, -eisse; entrece, -eice; entries, entris. [e.m.E. entresse (1519), intres (1509), irreg. variant of Entré n.]

1. Entrance to a place; opportunity or leave to enter.(1) 1470 Prestwick B. Rec. 17.
The cunnaris … sall cum to the place … and ask entres to se the aile
c1475 Wall. xi. 1175.
Had nocht beyne he, ye suld nocht had entres
1531 Bell. Boece II. 324.
Olyuer set an houre to geif entres to erle Dauid, with al his army, in the toun
1543 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 192.
That euerie nychtbour keyp his awin bak yett, and ansuer thairfoir, that nane gett entres thairat
1560 Rolland Seven S. 5285.
Tak thair my ring for ane takin expres Within the towre that ȝe get glaid entres
a1578 Pitsc. I. 16/18.
The chancellar resauit hir with glaidnes and gif her entres to vissie hir ȝoung sone
1622-6 Bisset I. 52/7.
Na man gatt ische, and entrees, but speciall licence
c1650 Spalding II. 134.
His Majestie … craveit entres to the toune
Ib. 330.
He had entres peciablie
1657 Balfour Ann. II. 187.
The palace being thronged with nobilitey … striuing to get entresse to see the ceremoney
fig. 1533 Boece xv. viii. 589 b.
Condampnyng vthiris to want thair heidis, quhairby to all thar gudis he mycht haue entres
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1268.
The deuyll, … Quhen he persauis ane ydill man, … He gettis eaisalye entres
(2) 1533 Bell. Livy I. 60/5.
Afore his entres in the toun met him his sister Horacia
1537 Lynd. Depl. Magd. 104.
Sic plesour was neuer … As suld haue bene the day of hir entrace [: grace]
c1552 Id. Mon. 2480.
The deuyllis … In those ydolis thay maid thare entres, And in thame spak
a1578 Pitsc. I. 240/5.
The king and his counsall … resauit hir with gret reverence … quhan that scho maid hir entres
1596 Dalr. I. 159/6.
Moray men war now dung out of Germanie … , and this [was] thair first entres in Albion

2. A place of entrance. a1500 Henr. Fab. 200.
Ane sillie scheill … Of quhilk the entres was not hie nor braid
c1475 Wall. viii. 802.
The entres thus in perall oft thai set
1505 Lennox Mun. 172.
To haue nane wthir entrais … of the said commone pasture
1529 M. Works Acc. I. 19.
Ane gret irne ȝeit for the principall entres and draw brig of the new tour
1531 Bell. Boece I. 28.
This land of Annandale hes ane strait entres
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1109.
Att the quhilk entres he did stand, With flammand fyrie sweird in hand
1568 Bamff Chart. 103.
Quhill it cum to the entres of the umest forkis of the burn
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 156.
All the entressis [were] fortefeit, and the hous mannit in sik sort [etc.]
?1549 Monro Western Isles 28.
Beside the entresse of Lochgrunord layes ane iyle
Ib. 49.
In that narrow entries … the countreymen has biggit upe ane thicke dyke
1641 Elgin Rec. II. 240.
The footegang bewast the entres of the Duffes dask
fig. a1578 Pitsc. I. 105/16.
Braid entreis [sould be] oppinnit … to all kynd of defectioun and iniquitie

3. Entry into possession or occupation of land.(a) 1516 Stirlings of Keir 309.
To hafe set … oure landis, … for … nyntene ȝeris, nixt and immediat the entreice of the said Schir Johnne
1539 Reg. Cupar A. II. 12.
The entres of the said Elene … in and to our saidis auchtane part … sal begin at the fest of Witsunday
1546 Misc. Spald. C. II. 201.
Makand hir grace entres to hayf bene at the Martymes nixt precedant
1555 Stirling B. Rec. I. 63.
The said William … sall pay yeirly thairfor the sowm of twenty merkis, … with the double of the few at the entres of evirilk air
1588 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 349.
Quhilk entres in and to the vicarage forsaid … began at the Feist of Rudeday
(b) 1494 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 428.
The entrays of the said Wilyame … beand at the Fest of Witsonday nyxt
1514 Prestwick B. Rec. 45.
The said Mertyn Myllaris entrais to the duellyng … salbe at the wytsonday next eftir the dayt of this present wyrt

4. Entry into office, occupation, or membership. 1493 Reg. Cupar A. I. 244.
Witsonday sall be the entrays of the said Wilȝame to the said office of balȝery of the landis foresaid
1505 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 103.
With ane dennar to the maisteris of the saidis craftis at his admissioun and entres amangis ws
1602 Shetl. Sheriff Ct. 52 b.
His entries to wark … wes at Kandilmes ane ȝeir bygane

b. An entrance payment or fee. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 16.
The casualiteis … that cumis of the entres of the studentis … and of the degreis
1599 Stirling B. Rec. II. 91.
The haill entressis of burgessis … salbe upliftit and intromettit with be Walter Cowan
1643 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 73.
Ane compt of thair intromissioun with the wnlais and entresses of this preceiding yeir
1677 Cunningham Diary 13.
He is to pay of entresse for a 19 year tack … £500 Scots

5. Appearance or presentation in court. 1484 Exch. R. IX. 605.
The entres of courtis of all termes bigain sen the halding of our last courtis to mak be gevin in
1550 Dundee B. Laws 13.
To put the entres that day in oppen court … without difference or ony further delay

6. Entry of imported goods. 1520 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 202.
Quhen the saidis strangearis makis thair entres of the saidis wynis in the townis buikis
1566 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 232.
The frauchtin and entres of all the schippis frauchtit and enterit … in the entres buke of the toun
1581 Dundee Shipping L. 202.
Comperit James Man … and gave up his entris contenit in ane tyket
1591 Reg. Privy C. IV. 652.
We … commandis na schip to lois till they have deliverit thair cokquet and entres to the Conservatour
1622 Stirling B. Rec. I. 156.
Thair salbe ane collectioun maid … of the entressis of all boittis

7. Beginning, commencement. 1558 Treas. Acc. X. 420.
To mak compt reknyng and payment of all taxationis rasit sen the enttres of the weir
1562-3 Winȝet I. 101/10.
Childring of na eruditioun except the reiding of Inglis and small entressis in grammar

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