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 The broadcast was brisk and entertaining, the ratings for the hostless event rose and the awards show decided to leave the post vacant. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "A Driverless Oscars Takes a Winding Road," 9 Feb. 2020 Holder noted that the high ceilings, large windows and expansive living spaces make the home ideal for entertaining but not overwhelmingly large. Mary Grace Metheny, Dallas News, "Peek inside the colorful Old Preston Hollow home of Ellis Hill stationery’s founder," 7 Feb. 2020 This Flower Mound neighborhood features 98 luxury homes sized for easy living and entertaining, said a company spokesperson. Orchard Flower, Dallas News, "Single-story patio homes ready now in 55-plus community," 26 Jan. 2020 Season 3 of the Late Late Show with James Corden spinoff is set feature a host of amusing and entertaining pairings from Kesha and Whitney Cummings to Fred Armisen behind the wheel with none other than Weezer. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Watch the Epic Trailer For New Episodes of 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' With Kesha, Weezer and More," 23 Jan. 2020 Nice Try!, for instance, kicked off its entertaining look at utopian communities with the story of Jamestown and its legacy. Hugh Eakin, Harper's magazine, "Selective Hearing," 19 Jan. 2020 Co-written with his wife Ann Druyan, the program sought to make intricate scientific concepts both accessible and entertaining. Popular Science, "An exclusive look at the new season of Cosmos," 17 Jan. 2020 For over 12 years, Say Yes to the Dress has been a staple on TLC thanks to the gorgeous bridal gown selection at Kleinfeld and, of course, the fabulous and always-entertaining advice from Randy Fenoli. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Behind-the-Scenes 'Say Yes to the Dress' Secrets That Will Forever Change the Way You Watch the Show," 12 Jan. 2020 The opening season was designed to show how swimming can be a flashy and entertaining spectator sport, with the help of some serious star power. Marilyn Payne, For The Win, "A start-up swimming league wants to revolutionize the sport for athletes and fans," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Entertaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertaining. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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