Definition of amusement in English:


Syllabification: a·muse·ment
Pronunciation: /əˈmyo͞ozmənt


  • 1The state or experience of finding something funny: we looked with amusement at our horoscopes
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    • They do what they want to do and have a great time to the amusement of the public - young and old - to the accompaniment of music and lights.
    • A lamp post intervened much to the amusement of the watching public and chagrin of the cameraman.
    • The incident happened at 1pm yesterday in Whitebirk Road, Whitebirk, Blackburn, much to the amusement of his three colleagues.
  • 1.1The provision or enjoyment of entertainment: an evening’s amusement
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    • I did not write to you for entertainment, or amusement, or to lord over you the fact that I am a lady.
    • I was too busy giving thanks for the meal, for the piercing strangeness of truffles, for the rich amusement of the evening.
    • It was a centre for recreation and amusement to the members of the Air Force.
    entertainment, pleasure, leisure, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, interest, diversion
    informal R and R
    archaic disport
  • 1.2Something that causes laughter or provides entertainment: his daughter was an amusement to him
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    • The discussion whether they took him seriously or if he was only some kind of exotic amusement for them fills many books.
    • ‘She was an amusement, nothing more.’
    • Then came the awkward moment when Kathleen realized what she was: an amusement afforded Margaret by her latest dry spell.
    activity, entertainment, diversion; game, sport


early 17th century (in the sense 'musing, diversion of the attention'): from French, from the verb amuser (see amuse).

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