en·​ter·​tain·​ing ˌen-tər-ˈtā-niŋ How to pronounce entertaining (audio)
: providing entertainment : diverting
an entertaining book
an entertaining speaker
entertainingly adverb

Examples of entertaining in a Sentence

a list of entertaining things to do on a snow day
Recent Examples on the Web However, its vibrancy also provides for an exciting and entertaining environment for kids. Andrew J. Tardif, Miami Herald, 3 June 2024 And sensible nurse Asta (Tomko) made an entertaining foil for Harry in those early days, as the person who had to deal with him and his eccentric behavior the most, and as the one person who had any ability to curb his worst antics. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2024 In hopes of a return to her youthful days, Venetia finds community in an entertaining motley crew of lost souls. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 The actress also posted an entertaining Instagram Reel at the time of her, Kelce and crew members from the show having an impromptu dance-off in between takes on set. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for entertaining 

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of entertaining was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Entertaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertaining. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​ter·​tain·​ing ˌen-tər-ˈtān-iŋ How to pronounce entertaining (audio)
: providing amusement, diversion, or recreation
an entertaining book
entertainingly adverb

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