entertainment

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

Definition of entertainment

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

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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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Home games in Toronto are my favorite live entertainment. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 Connie's soul-deep characters have served as some of the chief entertainment for millions of families' lazy weekends and snowy afternoons. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 We're being colossally distracted, too, by the spectacle and the entertainment of it all. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Laverne Cox and Rosario Dawson Go Deep on Intersectional Feminism," 8 Oct. 2018 Throughout the show, frontman Thomas Mars not only ensured that the crowd had the best time ever, but also made his own entertainment a priority -- evidenced by his desire to saunter through the entire crowd (not once, but twice). Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Phoenix Residency at Brooklyn Steel: 5 Best Moments From the Fifth and Final Night," 11 July 2018 Pitch your tent in the Teddy Bear Picnic Area and have dinner, rides, and live entertainment under the stars. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 5 July 2018 While the fireworks displays were canceled, the food, games and live entertainment in Mountain Valley Park will continue as planned. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Prescott Valley cancels July 4 fireworks show amid wildfire danger," 2 July 2018 But beyond the sheer entertainment of the cop drama and mystery, the rewards run intellectually deep. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "'The Tunnel' returns to PBS and speaks truth to our border and immigration debate," 28 June 2018 Gather around entertainment detectives, because a new case of mistaken celebrity identities has arrived. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Inside Edition" Referred to Troye Sivan as a Pete Davidson Look-Alike in Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of entertainment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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entertainment

noun

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

entertainment

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

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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