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

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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In addition to attending college, both girls are involved in the entertainment industry in one way or another. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About Lori Loughlin's Kids, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose," 12 Mar. 2019 Over the next few years, Jennette dealt with both anorexia and bulimia, noting that she was never confronted by anyone in the entertainment industry about her disordered eating. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""iCarly" Actor Jennette McCurdy Writes Essay About Dealing With an Eating Disorder," 9 Mar. 2019 Jack, 21, who has followed his dad's footsteps into the entertainment industry and become a professional wrestler, uploaded a photo of himself alone in the ring before an adoring crowd. Kaitlin Menza, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's Children Posted Tributes to Their Dad on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019 Unbeknownst to us all, Donnie Wahlberg is one of the busiest celebrities in the entertainment industry. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg Is Definitely the Rabbit on 'The Masked Singer.' Here's Why.," 12 Jan. 2019 Brinsworth House is supported by the Royal Variety Charity, which aids people who've worked in the entertainment industry and need assistance due to old age, illness, or hard times, according to Kensington Palace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Fitted Floral Dress on a Solo Visit to a Nursing Home," 18 Dec. 2018 Moonves had been one of the most admired powerbrokers in the entertainment industry. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves’ exit pay," 12 Dec. 2018 Riverdale is not the first job that Lili has had in the entertainment industry — in fact, she's been working pretty steadily since 2010. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Joins the #WhyIDidntReport Movement on Twitter," 24 Sep. 2018 Asthma, one of the entertainment industry’s most hilarious diseases, occurs when your airways become inflamed after being exposed to certain triggers. Kate Gardner, SELF, "Please Stop Giving All Nerdy Pop Culture Characters Asthma," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of entertainment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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