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 entertaining (audio) \ adverb

Examples of entertaining in a Sentence

a list of entertaining things to do on a snow day
Recent Examples on the Web This highly entertaining matchup has already featured two dramatic endings, but Fury is determined to finish the whole thing with an authority that will stamp him as the most accomplished heavyweight of this era. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 In the end, despite his highly entertaining operatic rendition of The Flintstones theme song (yes, really), Baby was eliminated from the competition. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 7 Oct. 2021 There will be food trucks, giveaways, dancing, kids’ activities, and live music from a highly entertaining ‘80s tribute act with a clever name, Teen Wolves. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 Grand Slam’s all-Caucasian showcase on Wednesday kicked off with a highly entertaining match between Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega, who battled to a draw. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 The director, Joe Carnahan, cuts between the bullets blazing and the password resetting, and the gonzo ballistic relentlessness of it all is…entertaining. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 16 Sep. 2021 Jake Hunsinger & The Rock Bottom Band is a highly entertaining 4-piece Powerhouse Americana act with rollicking American music, danceable grooves, and tight hillbilly harmonies. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 It’s told in a highly entertaining way—through jokes and songs—and with the intention to make people feel joy. Kay Cannon, Glamour, 3 Sep. 2021 Several cars from Hall’s museum in his native Texas will be present, demonstrating the design innovations and performance that made Can-Am one of the most entertaining and influential racing series. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2021

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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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“Entertaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertaining. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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