en·​joy·​ment in-ˈjȯi-mənt How to pronounce enjoyment (audio)
: the action or state of enjoying
: possession and use
the enjoyment of civic rights
: something that gives keen satisfaction
the poorest life has its enjoyments and pleasures

Examples of enjoyment in a Sentence

She always found sports to be a source of great enjoyment. I read the book strictly for my own enjoyment. the enjoyment of good health This is land set aside for the public's enjoyment.
Recent Examples on the Web Study participants who listened to music intermittently actually rated their enjoyment higher than those who listened continuously. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 True enjoyment comes in the corners, where the car is delightfully poised. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 However, the 45-year-old musician has reportedly managed to extend his slot to 15 minutes, giving fans an extra two minutes of enjoyment and himself additional time to fill. TIME, 10 Feb. 2024 The suit also seeks compensation for the loss of family caused by Duvan's untimely death and the enjoyment of his life. Lici Beveridge, USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2024 Hirayama clearly derives enjoyment from performing his work well, but there’s more to his life than labor, and more to this movie than a simplistic celebration of manual toil. Alissa Wilkinson, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 This was the world in which Casanova circulated, one in which enjoyment and indulgence were encouraged, not castigated. Gaile Robinson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Individual countries have tweaked the holiday to fit their customs and uses, sometimes socially, sometimes politically and sometimes purely for enjoyment. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 Of course your enjoyment also depends on your tools for dipping. Matt Brooks, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of enjoyment was in 1553

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Cite this Entry

“Enjoyment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoyment. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​joy·​ment in-ˈjȯi-mənt How to pronounce enjoyment (audio)
: the condition of enjoying something : possession and use of something that gives satisfaction
the enjoyment of good health
: satisfaction taken in something
find enjoyment in skating
: something that gives pleasure
the poorest life has its enjoyments

Legal Definition


: personal benefit, use, or possession (as of rights or property)
widows and widowers were relegated to lifetime enjoyment of the marital estatesW. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
specifically : the receipt of the fruits or profits of property see also right of use, usufruct

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