amusement

noun
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the first Europeans who ascended for amusement returned with tales of new sights and sensations, composed poems about what they had seen and circulated sketches. Jennifer Tucker, Smithsonian, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 9 Dec. 2019 The city also plans to add a 5% tax on self-storage usage, boost the amusement tax from 4 to 5% and raise parking meter rates to $2 per hour. Jennifer Fisher, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston plans for increased fees, higher property tax levy in proposed budget," 17 Oct. 2019 The amusement tax alone, was projected to bring in $7 million per year for the city — $17.5 million in 2018 dollars. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "The soda tax and the Great Depression: The 1932 law that forever changed Philly's taxes," 25 May 2018 In addition to a 2 percent local home rule sales tax, which brings in about $1.4 million a year, the village also has an amusement tax and a vehicle title transfer fee, Johnsen said. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee officials say median village property tax bill to go up $1,200 if home rule is voted out," 2 Mar. 2018 Some of the first Europeans who ascended for amusement returned with tales of new sights and sensations, composed poems about what they had seen and circulated sketches. Jennifer Tucker, Smithsonian, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 9 Dec. 2019 Some of the first Europeans who ascended for amusement returned with tales of new sights and sensations, composed poems about what they had seen and circulated sketches. Jennifer Tucker, The Conversation, "From their balloons, the first aeronauts transformed our view of the world," 6 Dec. 2019 Connecticut law prohibits owning, possessing, keeping or training any animal to be used in fighting for amusement or gain. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Federal animal cruelty penalties have been expanded. This is how Connecticut’s animal cruelty laws have worked over the last 10 years.," 27 Nov. 2019 This wild scenario actually took place and — to the utter amusement of everyone — it was caught on camera. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "John Legend wore a onesie and sang 'All of Me' on stage at Universal Studios," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amusement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amusement. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for amusement

amusement

noun
How to pronounce amusement (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amusement

: the feeling of being amused or entertained
: something (such as an activity) that amuses or entertains someone

amusement

noun
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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