- 1The state or experience of finding something funny: we looked with amusement at our horoscopesMore 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.
- 2The provision or enjoyment of entertainment: an evening’s amusementMore 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.
- 2.1 [count noun] Something that causes laughter or provides entertainment: she was like an adult planning amusements for a childMore 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.
- 3 [count noun] British A roundabout, game machine, etc. for providing entertainment at a fairground or resort: on the promenade the amusements were still openMore example sentences
- 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.
early 17th century (in the sense 'musing, diversion of the attention'): from French, from the verb amuser (see amuse).