amusement

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noun amuse·ment \ ə-ˈmyüz-mənt \

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

  1. I'm reading this novel for amusement.

  2. Several games were provided for the education and amusement of the children.

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First Known Use of amusement

1586



AMUSEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

amusement

play
noun

Definition of amusement for English Language Learners

  • : the feeling of being amused or entertained

  • : something (such as an activity) that amuses or entertains someone


AMUSEMENT Defined for Kids

amusement

play
noun amuse·ment \ ə-ˈmyüz-mənt \

Definition of amusement for Students

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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