amusement

amusement

[uh-myooz-muhnt]
noun
1.
anything that amuses; pastime; entertainment.
2.
the act of amusing.
3.
the state of being amused; enjoyment.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Middle French; see amuse, -ment

self-amusement, noun


1. diversion, game. 3. recreation, delight.
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amusement (əˈmjuːzmənt)
 
n
1.  something that amuses, such as a game or other pastime
2.  a mechanical device used for entertainment, as at a fair
3.  the act of amusing or the state or quality of being amused

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amusement
1640s, "diversion of attention," especially in military actions, from Fr. amusement, noun of action from amuser (see amuse).
"The Trumpets and Kettle-drums, which by way of Amusement had been sent out of that place the Night before." ["Memoirs of Emeric Count Teckely," 1693]
Meaning "a pastime, play, game, anything which pleasantly diverts the attention" (from duty, work, etc.) is from 1670s, originally depreciative; meaning "pleasurable diversion" attested from 1690s. Amusement park is first recorded 1909.
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