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.

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That’s also where a pond of snow melt attracted daring skiers and riders who attempted to skim across it, much to the amusement of those gathered to watch the spectacle and drink in the high alpine scenery. John Meyer, The Know, "Arapahoe Basin turns red, white and blue for Fourth of July skiing," 4 July 2019 The reactions on Twitter ranged from pure shock to amusement. Alexis Reliford,, "The Crazy Connection Between," 28 June 2019 This display of amusement is called Duchenne laughter, after scholar Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne, who first described it in the mid-19th century. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, "What’s So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh," 26 June 2019 Test matches last up to five days -- interlaced with lunch, tea and drinks -- and even then, much to the amusement of the majority of non-cricketing nations, the result can still be a draw. Ben Morse, CNN, "MLB London Series: Baseball searches for 'legacy' with Red Sox and Yankees games," 25 June 2019 The company has been talking about using drones to deliver packages since 2013, at the time, to the great amusement of logistics giant FedEx. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Amazon wants to sell “surveillance as a service”," 20 June 2019 Charlotte Groeneveld and Karolina Kurkova’s loveliness prompted serenades from the band, much to the amusement of the rest of us; Brett Heyman even joined in on the singing for her own solo moment. Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Inside the Yacht-Filled St. Barth’s Holiday That Was All Over Instagram This Weekend," 28 Mar. 2019 Carrie asked Mike after listening to him wail out the words, to the amusement of their three-year-old son in the backseat. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood's Husband Mike Fisher Hints At 'New Music' in Instagram Post," 14 Oct. 2018 Over the course of his 13-minute speech, BBC cameras periodically made jarring cuts to the faces of the royal family, to the amusement of the crowd. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "I Also Went to the Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of amusement

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jul 2019

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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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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