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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Your Sundays just got way more entertaining. 8 P.M. ET on TLC The Red Line: This new drama series explores three families in Chicago coping with the aftermath of a white cop shooting an unarmed Black doctor. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "14 TV Shows and Movies That Will Keep You Sane Until Friday," 28 Apr. 2019 The entire scenario got even more entertaining thanks to the Taylors’ mysterious neighbor, Wilson (Earl Hindman). Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Home Improvement' Is Available to Stream So Cancel Your Plans ASAP," 6 Apr. 2019 One of the more entertaining yet profoundly disturbing documentaries of this or any year. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: ‘Ant-Man,’ Blue Men, ‘Aladdin,’ and Amy Adams," 5 July 2018 Despite being branded initially as a villain of the house, Kimball emerged as one of The Bachelorette's more entertaining players. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Who Is The Brave Woman Jordan Found Love With On Bachelor In Paradise?," 2 July 2018 The thing with the world kickball tournament is the fans are more entertaining than the game. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "June is filled with pro sports drafts, so let's rank 'em," 15 June 2018 This show is kind of like those posters but a lot more entertaining. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 Diplomacy-as-usual may be less entertaining than the past three months’ of anticipation and pageantry. Mira Rapp-hooper, Washington Post, "The Singapore summit’s three big takeaways," 12 June 2018 Tina Fey's book is often hilarious, and the show makes room for outcast adolescents who prove themselves to be even more entertaining than the beauty queens and jocks who are lampooned with aplomb. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "What 'My Fair Lady' and 'Carousel' bring to Broadway that 'Mean Girls' does not," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of entertaining

1582, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2019

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The first known use of entertaining was in 1582

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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