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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Synonyms & Antonyms for entertainment


delight, distraction, diversion, fun, pleasure, recreation


bore, bummer, downer, drag

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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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The project will include homes, offices, retail space and entertainment components, according to UrbanStreet. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 Petitioner Christian Baldwin, representing Whirlyball, is requesting to divide the property and use 2.75 acres for the entertainment center. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Whirlyball business with laser tag, bowling proposed for burgeoning 'entertainment district' off Route 59 and I-88," 13 July 2018 In an age of Fortnight video games and children on social media, drive-in theaters are considered wholesome entertainment. Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle’s pop culture critic. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 Condo has shared pool, exercise room, entertainment space. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: 4-bedroom Tarkington Tower condo for $550K means amenities plus view," 13 July 2018 The Echo Show entertainment device is $100 off, now $129. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 Beckham is trying build support for a massive sports, retail and entertainment complex that would potentially be built at Melreese Country Club, next to Miami International Airport. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "David Beckham played soccer with these kids. And he lost.," 11 July 2018 Utilizing someone’s interactions without their consent for one’s own entertainment — let alone to amuse thousands of strangers in a public forum — can do untold harm. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Problem With "Plane Bae" and Using Strangers for Entertainment," 11 July 2018 Live entertainment includes a reptile show at 4 p.m. July 21, plus face painting, balloon twisting and musical performances by local, regional and national groups throughout the event. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Water fights, parade still going strong at 73rd annual Alpine Fest," 11 July 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 \

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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