entertainment

[en-ter-teyn-muhnt]
noun
1.
the act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many.
2.
something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, especially a performance of some kind: The highlight of the ball was an elaborate entertainment.
3.
hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests.
4.
a divertingly adventurous, comic, or picaresque novel.
5.
Obsolete. maintenance in service.

Origin:
1525–35; entertain + -ment

nonentertainment, noun, adjective
preentertainment, noun
self-entertainment, noun
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entertainment (ˌɛntəˈteɪnmənt)
 
n
1.  the act or art of entertaining or state of being entertained
2.  an act, production, etc, that entertains; diversion; amusement

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entertainment
1530s, provision for support of a retainer; manner of social behavior, now obsolete, along with other 16c. senses; from entertain + -ment. Meaning the amusement of someone is from 1610s; that which entertains is from 1650s; public performance or display meant to amuse is from 1727.
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Retailers and purveyors of entertainment increasingly know our buying history
  and the vagaries of our unique tastes.
The digital revolution in entertainment was expected to sweep all before it.
Science meets entertainment at the bottom of the sea.
There are many benefits to this heritage beyond simple entertainment value.
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