Definition of “amusement” - English Dictionary

“amusement” in British English

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uk /əˈmjuːz.mənt/ us /əˈmjuːz.mənt/

B2 [ U ] the feeling of being entertained or made to laugh:

She looked at him with amusement.
I looked on in amusement as they started to argue.
Carl came last in the race, (much) to my amusement.
I play the piano just for my own amusement (= to entertain myself, not other people).

B2 [ C ] an activity that you can take part in for entertainment:

There was a range of fairground amusements, including rides, stalls, and competitions.

More examples

  • The spelling mistake in their teacher's name was a matter of great amusement to the children.
  • I get absolutely no amusement out of watching programmes like that.
  • He tried to look solemn, but we could all see the amusement in his eyes.
  • To our great amusement, the dog ran off with one of Dad's slippers.
  • Even the judge couldn't hide her amusement at the defendant's story.

(Definition of “amusement” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“amusement” in American English

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amusementnoun [ C/U ]

us /əˈmjuz·mənt/

something that entertains you, or the state of being amused by something that entertains you:

[ U ] For the children’s amusement, Elizabeth helped them put on a play.

something that amuses you by making you smile or laugh, or the state of being amused by something that makes you smile or laugh:

[ U ] We watched the clown with great amusement.

(Definition of “amusement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)