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entertainment

[en-ter-teyn-muh nt] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; entertain + -ment
Related forms
nonentertainment, noun, adjective
preentertainment, noun
self-entertainment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for entertainments

entertainment

/ˌɛntəˈteɪnmənt/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for entertainments

entertainment

n.

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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