noun \ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt\

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

: the act of amusing or entertaining people

Full Definition of ENTERTAINMENT

:  the act of entertaining
a archaic :  maintenance, provision
b obsolete :  employment
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


  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

First Known Use of ENTERTAINMENT

15th century

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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