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[en-ter-teyn-muh nt] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt/
the act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement:
Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many.
something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, especially a performance of some kind:
The highlight of the ball was an elaborate entertainment.
hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests.
a divertingly adventurous, comic, or picaresque novel.
Obsolete. maintenance in service.
Origin of entertainment
1525-35; entertain + -ment
Related forms
nonentertainment, noun, adjective
preentertainment, noun
self-entertainment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entertainment
  • 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.
  • As they bond over its preparation, dinner becomes entertainment and the meal rolled into one.
  • Of course, there was also plenty of entertainment that didn't require a lot of money.
  • His fans have a history of following him across the entertainment spectrum.
  • Discusses the area's shift from a major shipping port to a place known for leisure and entertainment.
  • There has never been so much choice in entertainment.
  • Knowing they had support seemed to make students less concerned about depleting their mental energy on mere entertainment.
British Dictionary definitions for entertainment


the act or art of entertaining or state of being entertained
an act, production, etc, that entertains; diversion; amusement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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