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 Visits to public pools, amusement parks and fishing destinations figure into the blend of bygone images. Doug Maccash,, "Escapism anyone? A dreamy new art installation in the Quarter is all about the good ol’ summertime.," 15 Sep. 2020 The state health department and DeWine were sued over rules for restaurants, amusement parks, gyms, arcade games and concerts. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Parents sue health department director Lance Himes over K-12 school mask mandate," 15 Sep. 2020 For instance, cruising has been suspended for much of 2020 and amusement parks like Walt Disney World in Orlando were shuttered until July. al, "At Alabama’s beaches, a price paid for sizzling summer tourism: Rude visitors," 12 Sep. 2020 By contrast, the county is lifting bans on rental scooters, outdoor amusement parks and tour boats as of Monday. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Florida bars to reopen even as state battles coronavirus," 11 Sep. 2020 Cedar Fair Entertainment, which operates those two, has reopened just half of its 13 amusement parks and water parks across North America. John Seewer, USA TODAY, "'Hard to predict what's going to happen': COVID-19 still throwing theme park attendance for a loop," 9 Sep. 2020 Click here to see indoor amusement parks in South Florida. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Cool places to holiday this hot Labor Day weekend," 3 Sep. 2020 Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks and dance halls, however, will remain closed. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Governor moves North Carolina to reopening phase 2.5," 2 Sep. 2020 Along with school, baseball, amusement parks, and his family, the Whitney Elementary School fifth-grader has always been passionate about animals and police work. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Founder of Brady’s K9 Fund spruces up Brunswick Dog Park," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amusement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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