Definition of amusement in English:

amusement

Syllabification: a·muse·ment
Pronunciation: /əˈmyo͞ozmənt
 
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noun

1The state or experience of finding something funny: we looked with amusement at our horoscopes
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1The provision or enjoyment of entertainment: an evening’s amusement
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
activity, entertainment, diversion; game, sport

Origin

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

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