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

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 The area first established itself as a populist carnival in the late 1800s and early 1900s, thanks to its early amusement parks — Dreamland, Luna and Steeplechase — being just a short ride away for the city’s hardworking hordes. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 They also aren’t allowed to attend large crowded indoor and outdoor settings like amusement parks or sports events during that period. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 As the epidemiological roller coaster ride that is the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted nearly everything in life over the past two years, many amusement parks applied the brakes and postponed new attractions. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, 28 Dec. 2021 Recipients must be solvent businesses, and ratepayers in the hospitality and leisure sector and eligible candidates include cinemas, pubs, hotels, restaurants and amusement parks. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 Cinemas, amusement parks, theaters and museums will shut for the next four weeks. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 In Denmark, where masks and other social restrictions had all but disappeared thanks to a successful vaccination campaign, cinemas, amusement parks, zoos and other establishments are closed once again. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Denmark has closed theaters, concert halls, amusement parks and museums. Arkansas Online, 19 Dec. 2021 Denmark closed theaters, concert halls, amusement parks and museums. Mike Corder,, 18 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of amusement

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of amusement was in 1603

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10 Jan 2022

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“Amusement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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