amusement

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Public officials closed swimming pools, movie theaters, amusement parks and other pastimes that naturally came with summer vacation. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: World approaches 80 million cases, as new UK strain spreads in Europe," 26 Dec. 2020 In addition, entities such as hotels, music venues, amusement parks, museums and other nonprofits are eligible for these grants. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "As federal stimulus rolls out, Minnesota businesses learning specifics on state aid," 22 Dec. 2020 This means that endangered wild animals may end up in amusement parks, circuses, and laboratories. Rachel Fobar, Animals, "Largest confiscation of smuggled monkeys sheds light on African trafficking network," 21 Dec. 2020 The Surfliner is the nation’s second most popular Amtrak route; almost 3 million passengers traveled on it in 2019, and many of them use it to visit amusement parks and sporting events. Elizabeth Castillo, SFChronicle.com, "A bumpy ride for California’s Amtrak as pandemic surges," 20 Dec. 2020 The order also closes indoor and outdoor playgrounds, museums, zoos, cardrooms, live audience sports and amusement parks. CBS News, "Regional stay-at-home order looms for Southern California as coronavirus cases shatter records," 7 Dec. 2020 San Antonio’s leisure and hospitality has taken a hit, with 1 of every 4 jobs at restaurants, hotels and amusement parks now gone. Brandon Lingle, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio unemployment rate surges in November," 18 Dec. 2020 The order also closes indoor and outdoor playgrounds, museums, zoos, cardrooms, live audience sports and amusement parks. CBS News, "Regional stay-at-home order looms for Southern California as coronavirus cases shatter records," 7 Dec. 2020 The wide-ranging shutdown includes bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries, indoor and outdoor play areas and recreational facilities, hair salons and barber shops, museums, zoos, movie theaters, amusement parks and live-audience sports. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Most of California will be home for Christmas under Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of amusement

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of amusement was in 1586

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Amusement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amusement. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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amusement

noun
How to pronounce amusement (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amusement

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

amusement

noun
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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