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
Recent Examples on the Web In the most entertaining and enlightening star biography in years, writer Scott Eyman poignantly notes the realities behind Grant’s remarkable subterfuge while exploring his phenomenal career. Douglass K. Daniel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Cary Grant bio a perceptive look at captivating star," 20 Oct. 2020 The most entertaining part of the concert was watching fans jump onto the stadium field and being tackled by the police, who were lined up around all the sides of the stadium. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "More readers remember Beatles’ 1965 Balboa Stadium show: ‘I was crying, shaking’," 27 Sep. 2020 The migrants are competitive and some of the most entertaining action are the dogfights for a roost on the hummingbird feeder. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Get ready for fall’s hummingbird migration," 24 Sep. 2020 The result is Ratched, which is possibly his most entertaining series since the first season of American Horror Story. Tom Gilatto, PEOPLE.com, "Ratched Review: Sarah Paulson Plays a Notorious Nurse in This Enjoyably Cuckoo Show," 18 Sep. 2020 Steve Nash was one of the NBA's most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash to run floor as coach," 3 Sep. 2020 The Obsessive Quest for the World Record Largemouth Bass—easily one of the best and most entertaining works of lunker literature. Monte Burke, Field & Stream, "Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World-Record Tarpon," 27 Aug. 2020 And their latest act, a season-saving 134-133 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, was their biggest and most entertaining yet. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers beat Brooklyn Nets to force play-in for NBA playoff spot: The good, the bad, the gutsy," 14 Aug. 2020 One of the most entertaining games of the year came when Giannis scored 50 (with 14 rebounds, six assists and no turnovers) in one of his best career performances as the Bucks won, 122-118. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eleven memorable plays during the 2019-20 Bucks season," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of entertaining

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of entertaining was in 1582

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23 Oct 2020

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“Entertaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertaining. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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