What Is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is something that is amusing or pleasurable to someone. It can be something as simple as going to a movie or watching television, or it can be something more elaborate like a theatrical production or playing a game. Entertainment can be a form of art or it can just be a way to relieve boredom and stress. What is considered entertaining for one group may be viewed as work or even cruelty to another group or individual.

From Middle English entretenement, from Medieval Latin intertenere (“to hold inside”), from the prefix inter (“between, among”) and tenere (from the PIE root *ten, to stretch). Also with the suffix -mentum, representing Latin -mentum added to verb stems to make nouns of action or result, as in amazement, betterment, merriment (instead of -y) and others; used with English verb stems from 16c.