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 The flipside of this is that movie critics also get to suggest enjoyment. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Researchers found that along with psychopaths, highly sadistic individuals, motivated by their enjoyment of causing harm, were most likely to engage in malevolent infidelity. Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 With design that tends to favor quick enjoyment, such books function as a sorting mechanism, allowing children quickly to decide if the subject on display grabs their interest. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 The nearly two-thirds-acre property is walled for security and landscaped for privacy and relaxed enjoyment. Mark David, Robb Report, 10 Oct. 2023 The positives are enjoyment, fun, and wishful thinking. Jonathan Taplin, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2023 Her creative residency naturally sparked play, wonderment, and enjoyment with the locations in Paris and the South of France. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 18 Sep. 2023 Here, though, the presentation makes no distinction between cheating in single-player games—which can increase a player's enjoyment significantly—and cheating in online multiplayer games—which can easily ruin the competitive balance. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 1 Nov. 2023 Still, doctors say that thrill-seeking isn’t going to be enjoyable for everyone, and among those who do enjoy a fright night, there are normal variations in the level of enjoyment people will experience. Dr. Jade Cobern, ABC News, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of enjoyment was in 1553

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“Enjoyment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoyment. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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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