from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Borrowed from French amusement, from amuse +‎ -ment. (Wiktionary)



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