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"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.