amusement

[ uh-myooz-muhnt ]
/ əˈmyuz mənt /

noun

anything that amuses; pastime; entertainment.
the act of amuse.
the state of being amused; enjoyment.

Nearby words

  1. amusable,
  2. amuse,
  3. amuse-bouche,
  4. amuse-gueule,
  5. amused,
  6. amusement arcade,
  7. amusement park,
  8. amusement tax,
  9. amusia,
  10. amusing

Origin of amusement

From Middle French, dating back to 1595–1605; see origin at amuse, -ment

Related formsself-a·muse·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for amusement

amusement

/ (əˈmjuːzmənt) /

noun

something that amuses, such as a game or other pastime
a mechanical device used for entertainment, as at a fair
the act of amusing or the state or quality of being amused
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Word Origin and History for amusement

amusement

n.
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