amusement

noun

amuse·​ment ə-ˈmyüz-mənt How to pronounce amusement (audio)
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 Something so beautifully moving that it must have been built for my amusement. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 For 85% of Americans when planning, tours and experiences take the bulk of the budget, such as museums, art galleries, food and wine tours, and amusement or water parks. Kara Peeler, Sunset Magazine, 22 May 2024 The first element, meaning father, provides much of the amusement found in these names. Vera Mironova, Foreign Affairs, 14 July 2017 This includes parks, streets, places of amusement and restaurants. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for amusement 

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of amusement was in 1603

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“Amusement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amusement. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

amusement

noun
amuse·​ment ə-ˈmyüz-mənt How to pronounce amusement (audio)
1
: something that amuses
2
: the condition of being amused

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