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entertainment

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noun en·ter·tain·ment \ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt\

Simple Definition of entertainment

  • : amusement or pleasure that comes from watching a performer, playing a game, etc.

  • : the act of amusing or entertaining people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of entertainment

  1. 1 :  the act of entertaining

  2. 2 a archaic :  maintenance, provision b obsolete :  employment

  3. 3 a :  amusement or diversion provided especially by performers <hired a band to provide entertainment> b :  something diverting or engaging: as (1) :  a public performance (2) :  a usually light comic or adventure novel

Examples of entertainment in a sentence

  1. Entertainment was provided by jugglers.

  2. plays, movies, and other forms of entertainment

  3. They played games in the evening for entertainment.

  4. plays, movies, and other entertainments



15th Century

First Known Use of entertainment

15th century

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ENTERTAINMENT Defined for Kids

entertainment

play
noun en·ter·tain·ment \ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt\

Definition of entertainment for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of amusing or entertaining

  2. 2 :  something (as a show) that is a form of amusement or recreation





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