entertainment

noun

en·​ter·​tain·​ment ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce entertainment (audio)
1
a
: amusement or diversion provided especially by performers
hired a band to provide entertainment
b
: something diverting or engaging: such as
(1)
: a public performance
(2)
: a usually light comic or adventure novel
2
: the act of entertaining
3
a
archaic : maintenance, provision
b
obsolete : employment

Examples of entertainment in a Sentence

Entertainment was provided by jugglers. plays, movies, and other forms of entertainment They played games in the evening for entertainment. plays, movies, and other entertainments
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of entertainment was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Entertainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertainment. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

entertainment

noun
en·​ter·​tain·​ment ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce entertainment (audio)
1
: the act or process of providing pleasure, recreation, or amusement
2
: a means of amusement or recreation
especially : a public performance
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