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

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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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In addition, each evening the Backlot Tent will have a new spirited theme for your amusement. San Francisco Chronicle, "21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival," 21 Feb. 2018 The three-day festival also promises food trucks, amusements, and Saturday evening fireworks., "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 Cedar Fair owns 11 amusement and water parks, including California’s Great America in Santa Clara, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pa. Colin Kellaher And, WSJ, "Cedar Fair Reports Slower-Than-Expected Start to Key Season," 11 July 2018 Or was the photo, taken several times until Trump was happy with his thumbs up pose under an Andrew Jackson portrait, simply amusement for the president? Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Trump is deporting Venezuelans to dictator Nicolás Maduro’s hell. This is why.," 14 June 2018 Oregon Only's website describes a project in Sutherlin, north of Roseburg, with a hotel, convention center, amusement and water park, and a shopping center. Mike Rogoway,, "Developers envision 90-acre resort on wetlands near Roseburg," 18 May 2018 NW Kemah Boardwalk The sprawling, bayfront boardwalk development features restaurants with a view, rides, seaside amusements and shows, a 52-room hotel and multiple shops. Houston Chronicle, "Amusement parks and fun centers to visit with kids," 10 May 2018 In that project — as a team of docents on the plaza explained — visitors would wander through an Erector Set–style structure, all steel trusses and open walls, and graze on amusements and cultural offerings. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "What’s Going Into the Shed? A Tiny Preview of Hudson Yards’ Arts Offering," 4 May 2018 In one of her first post-wedding appearances in 2011, she was spotted enthusiastically doing the wave, much to the amusement of Prince William. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Role the British Royal Family Serves at Wimbledon," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of amusement

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to amusement

to one's amusement

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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 \

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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