Definition of amusement in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmjuːzm(ə)nt/


[mass noun]
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.
mirth, merriment, light-heartedness, hilarity, glee, delight, laughter, levity, gaiety, joviality, fun, jocularity;
enjoyment, pleasure, high spirits, mirthfulness, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheer
dated sport
2The 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, occupation, refreshment, restoration, distraction, diversion, divertissement, play
informal R and R, jollies
British informal beer and skittles
North American informal rec
dated sport
archaic disport
2.1 [count noun] Something that causes laughter or provides entertainment: she was like an adult planning amusements for a child
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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.
3 [count noun] British A roundabout, game machine, etc. for providing entertainment at a fairground or resort: on the promenade the amusements were still open
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  • There will be games, amusements and activities for all the family.
  • It plans to ban these seemingly harmless traditional fairground amusements to appease church groups who claim they are ‘the gateway to adult gambling’.
  • I saw the crashing wrecks of amusements and arcade machines.
activity, entertainment, diversion, distraction, interest, recreation, game, sport, pastime, hobby


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

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