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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The latter developments sometimes reminded me of Jurassic Park without the one-liners, the earlier movie's amusement-park crunch and munch replaced by a spectral sense of dread. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Annihilation preserves the source novel’s biological nightmare but dispenses with its mounting paranoia," 1 Mar. 2018 The Florida Mall in Orlando has put in a 70,000-square-foot Crayola Experience amusement center for kids and families. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As anchors close, Southridge and other malls turn to less retail and more fun," 27 Jan. 2018 The prince finds sour amusement in the way the old lout can talk his way out of any cowardly mischief, but his mind is elsewhere. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 Designers are not making these products for their amusement. Robin Givhan, The Seattle Times, "Are designers trolling us with ‘ugly’ fashion — or is it us?," 6 Aug. 2018 The simple act of fiddling with these buttons and knobs in each level brings its own amusement. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Gnog turns puzzle boxes into fun dioramas," 5 Aug. 2018 The Situationist International, a group of artists and cultural theorists active from the late 1950s to the ’70s, riffed on Huizinga’s writings to propose walking through lively cities for amusement. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Yes, this place is so popular that there’s an amusement-park style turnstile in front of the deli counter. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 So perhaps appropriately, director Steven Spielberg has served up a giant candy store of a movie -- exploding with color, nostalgia, pure fun and plenty of imagination, even if the amusement-park ride lasts a bit too long. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Ready Player One' loads imaginative mash-up from Steven Spielberg," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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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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