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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Other Words from entertaining

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 Photograph, both thoughtful and entertaining, with a pleasurably laid-back vibe, belongs to a class of movie that barely exists anymore on the big screen. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Photograph Is a Gratifying, Modern Version of a 1930s Hollywood Romance," 14 Feb. 2020 Even more entertaining, however, is when mishaps ensue. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "‘Bachelor’ Star Peter Weber Explains the Biggest Misconception About Pilots," 11 Feb. 2020 The Egg Bowl rivalry game between the two teams is often wildly entertaining, sometimes regardless of the score. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The arrivals of Mike Leach and Lane Kiffin in Mississippi just made the Egg Bowl a must-watch rivalry," 9 Jan. 2020 Greatest of all Time special will offer a much safer, but equally entertaining, television event for Americans to invest in. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The Jeopardy “Greatest of All Time” tournament is the contest America needs right now," 19 Nov. 2019 The game Saturday night featured entertaining, quality soccer. Tod Leonard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tour of San Diego: 1904 FC, playing in cavernous stadium, is decent on pitch, troubled off it," 4 Oct. 2019 And last week, what audience members at St. John's School got was an entertaining, Hollywood-type performance. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Actor-turned-teacher Tony Danza shares his classroom experience during St. John's School luncheon," 5 Mar. 2020 Siba put on an entertaining performance in the nonsporting group juding Monday night, doing the downward dog yoga pose before circling the ring. Ben Walker, Anchorage Daily News, "Poodle perfection: Siba wins best in show at Westminster," 12 Feb. 2020 Siba put on an entertaining performance in the nonsporting group juding Monday night, doing the downward dog yoga pose before circling the ring. CBS News, "Siba the standard poodle wins "Best in Show" at Westminster Dog Show," 12 Feb. 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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31 Mar 2020

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“Entertaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertaining. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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