amuse·​ment | \ ə-ˈmyüz-mənt How to pronounce amusement (audio) \

Definition of amusement

1 : a means of amusing or entertaining what are her favorite amusements
2 : the condition of being amused could not hide his amusement
3 : pleasurable diversion : entertainment plays the piano for amusement

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Examples of amusement in a Sentence

I'm reading this novel for amusement. Several games were provided for the education and amusement of the children.

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The 30-year-old then followed up the shot with a shimmy celebration, much to his head coach's amusement. Nihal Kolur,, "Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry: 'If You Shimmy When You’re 1-11, That’s Confidence'," 21 May 2018 Charlie Bit My Finger: 2007 A toddler's baby brother (Charlie) bites his finger, much to the toddler's amusement. 2. Kristi Kellogg, Teen Vogue, "55 Best YouTube Videos That Went Viral: Our All Time Favorites," 10 Apr. 2018 To Walker's amusement, his book sometimes appeared in the art instruction section of bookstores, and his neologisms would pop up in discussions about the art of cartooning. Ali Bahrampour,, "Mort Walker, whose 'Beetle Bailey' was a comic-page staple for decades, dies at 94," 27 Jan. 2018 Ralph Breaks VR, by comparison, feels like a lightweight amusement. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Void’s Ralph Breaks VR puts players inside a giant interactive Disney movie," 21 Nov. 2018 Lucky for you, many amusement and theme parks offer one-stop shopping for your cravings with summer food festivals. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Summer barbeque festivals at theme parks," 24 May 2018 Noticing the minor commotion, the Queen glanced over (whether out of amusement or annoyance is anyone’s guess). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Had the Best Time at Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 For one of his students, Montserrat Alvarez, 16, a budding graphic designer, Trump is an endless source of amusement and an object of ridicule. Aaron Nelsen, San Antonio Express-News, "Sister cities reflect on shared experience even as border security test ties that bind them.," 24 Feb. 2018 Claire immediately offers to examine him to the surprise and amusement of the men around her. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 8," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of amusement

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Apr 2019

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The first known use of amusement was in 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of amusement

: the feeling of being amused or entertained
: something (such as an activity) that amuses or entertains someone


amuse·​ment | \ ə-ˈmyüz-mənt How to pronounce amusement (audio) \

Kids Definition of amusement

1 : something that amuses or entertains games and other amusements
2 : the feeling of being amused or entertained I read the book for amusement.

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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