Entertainments

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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