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 On the blocks surrounding the corner of Archer Street and Greenwood Avenue in the 1930s, a thriving business district flourished with retail shops, entertainment venues and high-end services. Gregory B. Fairchild, The Conversation, "From grandfather to grandson, the lessons of the Tulsa race massacre," 19 June 2020 On March 21, most non-essential businesses were ordered to shut down, including schools and entertainment venues. National Geographic, "A look inside Thailand, which prevented coronavirus from gaining a foothold," 18 June 2020 Bars, movie theaters, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues can welcome customers back at 50% capacity. USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City, ‘Thunder’ silenced, empty Vegas buffets: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020 For the first time since mid-March, museums, comedy clubs, theaters and other entertainment venues are slowly reopening. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's a list of outdoor and indoor entertainment and museums reopening in Indianapolis," 12 June 2020 In South Carolina, a host of entertainment venues, including zoos, aquariums, water parks, etc., were allowed to open the weekend ahead of Memorial Day. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus hospitalizations rise sharply in several states after Memorial Day amid push to reopen," 10 June 2020 And now that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has allowed businesses and many entertainment venues to reopen in a bid to stimulate the economy, worrying public health officials, cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations have held steady or increased in the state. Jay Reeves, The Christian Science Monitor, "America's Black Belt communities mobilize to fight virus, hunger," 10 June 2020 On Wednesday, Ohio will reopen more than a dozen types of entertainment venues and recreation activities across the state, with social distancing and capacity limitations. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Ohio playgrounds, movie theaters, zoos open: Coronavirus reopenings and cancellations in Northeast Ohio for Monday, June 8, 2020," 10 June 2020 Therefore, the following entertainment venues can reopen throughout the county: Bowling alleys. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Entertainment venues in Jefferson County can reopen under state guidelines," 9 June 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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26 Jun 2020

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“Entertainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertainment. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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