en·​ter·​tain·​ment | \ ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce entertainment (audio) \

Definition of entertainment

1a : 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
3a archaic : maintenance, provision
b obsolete : employment

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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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Recent Examples on the Web They are now expected to reopen along with other entertainment venues during Stage 4. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "How Holcomb's Stage 3 executive order is different from the original plan," 20 May 2020 That’s because even though Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has started to ease restrictions and reopen the economy, the ban on most gatherings of 10 or more people remains in effect, leaving entertainment venues closed until further notice. cleveland, "Blossom Music Center season lawn passes canceled, fans to receive refunds," 20 May 2020 Unlike other arts and entertainment venues, movie theaters can start reopening in Stage 3 at 50% capacity. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Holcomb moves up date for Stage 3 of reopening in most of Indiana: What you should know," 20 May 2020 Some entertainment venues have been open longer, including mini-golf courses and places like XIT Escape Room in Gulf Shores. al, "Water parks, go-kart tracks and more: Entertainment venues reopen at Alabama’s beaches," 24 May 2020 Next week's reopening won't include restaurants, bars, salons, theaters or other entertainment venues. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit mayor outlines reopening protocol for retailers, says restaurants may return soon," 22 May 2020 Ivey announced more reopenings Thursday, including entertainment venues, childcare facilities and summer camps. Gregory Lemos And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "With just one ICU bed available, Montgomery, Alabama, is sending sick patients to Birmingham," 21 May 2020 But bars, gyms and indoor entertainment venues will remain closed five more weeks. USA TODAY, "Summer camp, Operation Haircut, thanking meatpackers: News from around our 50 states," 21 May 2020 Public schools, entertainment venues, gyms, salons and spas will stay closed. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania loosens pandemic restrictions on real estate market," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of entertainment

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

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

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Entertainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertainment. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of entertainment

: amusement or pleasure that comes from watching a performer, playing a game, etc.
: the act of amusing or entertaining people


en·​ter·​tain·​ment | \ ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce entertainment (audio) \

Kids Definition of entertainment

1 : the act of amusing or entertaining
2 : something (as a show) that is a form of amusement or recreation

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