What Is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment: A broad field encompassing music, movies, books, art, sports, and other activities that provide pleasure or diversion. Entertainment may be pleasurable or harmful to individuals depending on their values, culture and environment, but it is always subjective, since what is considered a form of entertainment for one person or group is often regarded as work or even cruelty by others.

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The word entertain derives from the Latin intertenere, or to hold inside; the prefix inter means “inside,” and the suffix ten means “stretch.” Click on a collocation to see more examples.