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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Noticing the minor commotion, the Queen glanced over (whether out of amusement or annoyance is anyone’s guess). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Had the Best Time at Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 For one of his students, Montserrat Alvarez, 16, a budding graphic designer, Trump is an endless source of amusement and an object of ridicule. Aaron Nelsen, San Antonio Express-News, "Sister cities reflect on shared experience even as border security test ties that bind them.," 24 Feb. 2018 Claire immediately offers to examine him to the surprise and amusement of the men around her. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 8," 24 Dec. 2018 The result is a silly yet genuinely entertaining mix of high- and low-brow amusement. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019 Sadly, there’s nothing outlandish about boys or men drugging and raping women, and Swetnick’s claims were in fact right in line with the picture Ford and Deborah Ramirez had painted of Kavanaugh harming women for the amusement of other men. Anna North, Vox, "Susan Collins was supposed to be different," 5 Oct. 2018 Feilhaber’s near-daily commute has become a source of amusement for his teammates and coaches on the expansion team, which is tied for fourth place in the Western Conference entering Saturday’s game at San Jose. Dylan Hernandez,, "Pushed to the Inland Empire by the high cost of living, LAFC's Benny Feilhaber learned to enjoy his hours-long commute by train," 8 June 2018 Moreover, Morissette was singing about the same feeling that the such classics of dramatic irony as Oedipus Rex were meant to evoke: the idea of life as a grand joke, and a sense of grim amusement at helplessness against fate. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Mysterious Sense of Irony," 7 June 2018 To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby’s place much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch in Between Your Halloween Shenanigans," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of amusement

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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