What is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is a voluminous topic that includes a wide range of activities and a diverse set of audiences. Many of the familiar forms have shown an amazing ability to cross over different media, and they have also demonstrated a seemingly unlimited capacity for creative remix. The word entertainment derives from the medieval Latin intertenere, with the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere, from the Indo-European root ten, meaning to hold. Click on a collocation to see more examples.

What is fun and entertaining for one group may be considered work or an act of cruelty by another. Often the distinction is artificial and culturally determined.