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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Maggie Parker is a journalist in NYC covering wellness, entertainment and travel. Maggie Parker, Glamour, "My Friend and I Were Sexually Assaulted by the Same Guy—Our Friendship May Have Saved Us," 7 May 2019 The entertainment and beauty mogul famously channeled the first lady in a 2017 Interview magazine photoshoot, gloves, pearls, and all. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "John F. Kennedy’s Grandson Reportedly Has a Crush on Kendall Jenner," 11 Apr. 2019 For more entertainment and up-to-the-minute celebrity news, sign up for the Harper's BAZAAR Newsletter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Really Happened to Joe's Ex-Girlfriend Candace on You & Is She Coming Back for Season 2?," 19 Jan. 2019 Seattle is known as a center of culture and entertainment, with the country’s second-highest number of restaurants and live-music performance venues per capita. First Light, The Seattle Times, "Embracing city life at new art-filled condo tower," 29 Mar. 2019 Movie Matinee Ages 5-12 can enjoy an afternoon of movie entertainment, 2:30 p.m., every Friday. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Food, route and mechanical support, housing, entertainment, rest stops and more are provided. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 11 July 2018 Wu also founded an investment arm called Harvest Seven Stars Media Fund, which backs entertainment, film production and distribution, studio projects and mergers and acquisitions. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Meet The Chinese Media Tycoon Behind West Hartford's Tech Hub," 4 July 2018 That makes sense considering mobile usage as a primary option for browsing and consuming entertainment is increasingly popular in Asian and East Asian countries. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Netflix is testing cheaper mobile-only subscription tiers," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of entertainment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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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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