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

The world's largest live entertainment company, Live Nation, owns a controlling interest of the company. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best new music you've never heard might just be streaming on this Madison company's app," 3 July 2019 The entertainment industry goes the way of professional soccer: age limits interfere with the free market. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Coco Gauff and the Legality of the Teenager Professional Athlete," 3 July 2019 The interactive entertainment company engages hundreds of millions of monthly active users around the world with franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush, and Hearthstone. Fortune, "Activision Blizzard," 1 July 2019 The entertainment industry is such a small world and there's always gonna be stardom and interest in those individuals. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The Hills: New Beginnings's Brandon Thomas Lee on Growing Up with Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee," 1 July 2019 STARZ Play Arabia, the regional leader part-owned by Lionsgate, an American entertainment company, has made these left and right, as well as licensing lots of Arabic-language shows. The Economist, "Netflix tries to jinn up its prospects in the Arab world," 29 June 2019 One unique thing is the entire K-pop system, [in which] a single entertainment company takes charge of the whole process: directly casting teens and training them, on top of producing and marketing. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How a Live Orchestra Is Showing Off Another Side of K-Pop Greats Like BTS and BLACKPINK," 19 June 2019 Comcast is the first US entertainment company to offer eye control in earnest. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Comcast’s new remote control feature allows viewers to change the channel with their eyes," 17 June 2019 Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation has offered to provide legal support for the couple. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "What we know about the Phoenix police encounter with Dravon Ames and his family," 17 June 2019

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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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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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