en·​ter·​tain·​ing | \ ˌen-tər-ˈtā-niŋ How to pronounce entertaining (audio) \

Definition of entertaining

: providing entertainment : diverting an entertaining book an entertaining speaker

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entertainingly \ ˌen-​tər-​ˈtā-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce entertainingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of entertaining in a Sentence

a list of entertaining things to do on a snow day

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The main living and entertaining floor has walls of glass looking west to the Hudson River, south to the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty, east to Greenwich Village and north to Midtown. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "New York Triplex Owned by Martha Stewart’s Daughter Lists for $53 Million," 21 Feb. 2019 Two years on from launch, there’s a ton of original and hugely entertaining content to play, and Sony doesn’t seem to have lost interest yet. Sam Byford, The Verge, "PlayStation VR has had a quietly awesome year," 20 Dec. 2018 The crazy, loud, surprising and entertaining moments of The Jerry Springer Show may finally be coming to an end. Taylor Jade Powell, Cincinnati.com, "5 crazy moments on 'The Jerry Springer Show'," 15 June 2018 The Fall 2019 men’s shows are on-going in Paris, and the street style outside the venues is just as entertaining as the runways. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Ushers in a Fresh Take on Hypebeast Style," 18 Jan. 2019 The lawyers are entertaining; their clients are colorful. James Atlas, Town & Country, "The Year of the Celebrity Super Lawyer," 3 Dec. 2018 What had started as a niche exhibition has adapted to the showmanship zest of the host city, as the spectacle beyond the court has become just as entertaining as the games for casual and serious fans alike. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer League live day two: A mad dash kicks off the day," 7 July 2018 This is one occasion for which the journey may be just as entertaining as the destination. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 These whimsical shorts are highly entertaining and the perfect way to get the day started. 12:30 p.m. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "A day of fun at the Frameline film festival," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of entertaining

1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of entertaining was in 1676

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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