Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being amused, entertained, or pleased.
  • noun Something that amuses, entertains, or pleases.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music, a brief entertaining piece, often one intended to give variety to technical exercises.
  • noun Absorbing thought; meditation; musing; reverie.
  • noun The state of being amused; mental enjoyment or diversion; moderate mirth or merriment due to an external cause.
  • noun That which amuses, detains, or engages the mind; pastime; entertainment: as, to provide children with amusements.
  • noun Synonyms Entertainment, Diversion, etc. (see pastime), sport.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Deep thought; muse.
  • noun The state of being amused; pleasurable excitement; that which amuses; diversion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Entertainment
  • noun countable An activity that is entertaining or amusing, such as dancing, gunning, and fishing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a feeling of delight at being entertained
  • noun an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention

Etymologies

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Borrowed from French amusement, from amuse +‎ -ment.

Examples

  • a diary, because it is the fashion -- a reason why _I_ should not; some because it is _blue_, but I am not _blue_, only a _blue devil_; some for their amusement, -- _amusement_!! alas! alas! and some that they may remember, -- and I that I may forget, O! would it were possible.

    The Diary of an Ennuyée

  • To my amusement is the rather strange attitude of Trek watchers vs DS9 & the Xindi storyline.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - There aint nothing wrong with Enterprise

  • What would we do without humorless, misanthropic, pseudo-intellectuals to scrutinize websites that exist solely for entertainment value and tell us whether or not our amusement is academically and historically justified?

    Doomed to repeat it?

  • Yes; and this I term amusement, when doing neither harm nor good in any degree worth speaking of.

    Laws

  • Developers said the robot may be used in amusement parks or to perform simulations of human movement, as an exercise instructor, for instance.

    Archive 2009-03-15

  • Developers said the robot may be used in amusement parks or to perform simulations of human movement, as an exercise instructor, for instance.

    Linda Hamilton tried to warn us

  • It's obvious that the author was having lots of fun writing the story and that amusement is easily infectious.

    REVIEW: Stalking the Dragon by Mike Resnick

  • Peter Singer: There is no excuse for keeping wild animals in amusement parks or circuses.

    No More Zoos « Gerry Canavan

  • My present amusement is writing a Child's Book 'the History of Little Davy's new hat,' dedicated to my Mother, but have sent

    Letter 70

  • Agatha spent more time in amusement and conversation, and were assisted in their labours by servants.

    Chapter 15

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