- (uncountable) The condition of enjoying anything.
Few activities better the enjoyment of a hearty meal eaten in good company.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
- (uncountable) An enjoyable state of mind.
- (countable) An activity that gives pleasure.
1885, John Ormsby, Don Quixote, translation of original by Miguel de Cervantes, published 1605, 1615:
- Is it, haply, an idle occupation, or is the time ill-spent that is spent in roaming the world in quest, not of its enjoyments, but of those arduous toils whereby the good mount upwards to the abodes of everlasting life?
- (law) The exercise of a legal right.
the condition of enjoying anything