entertainment

noun en·ter·tain·ment \ ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of entertainment

1 : the act of entertaining
2 a archaic : maintenance, provision
b obsolete : employment
3 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

Examples of entertainment in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of entertainment

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ENTERTAINMENT Defined for English Language Learners

entertainment

Definition of entertainment for English Language Learners

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

  • : the act of amusing or entertaining people


ENTERTAINMENT Defined for Kids

entertainment

noun en·ter·tain·ment \ ˌen-tər-ˈtān-mənt \

Definition of entertainment for Students

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


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