Definition of “sensation” - English Dictionary

“sensation” in British English

See all translations


uk /senˈseɪ.ʃən/ us /senˈseɪ.ʃən/

sensation noun (FEELING)

B2 [ C or U ] the ability to feel something physically, especially by touching, or a physical feeling that results from this ability:

a burning sensation
I had no sensation of pain whatsoever.
The disease causes a loss of sensation in the fingers.

B2 [ C usually singular ] a general feeling caused by something that happens to you, especially a feeling that you cannot describe exactly:

[ + (that) ] I had the odd sensation (that) someone was following me.
I can remember the first time I went sailing - it was a wonderful sensation.

More examples

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

“sensation” in American English

See all translations


us /senˈseɪ·ʃən, sən-/

sensation noun (FEELING)

[ C/U ] a feeling in your body resulting from something that happens or is done to it, or the ability to feel as the result of touch:

[ C ] He felt a sinking sensation in the pit of his stomach.
[ U ] This part of your body doesn’t have a lot of sensation.

sensation noun (EXCITEMENT)

[ C ] great excitement or interest, or someone or something that causes excitement:

His first recordings caused a sensation and became classics of rock.

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