entertainment

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

Definition of entertainment

  1. 1 :  the act of entertaining

  2. 2a archaic :  maintenance, provisionb obsolete :  employment

  3. 3a :  amusement or diversion provided especially by performers hired a band to provide entertainmentb :  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

15th Century

First Known Use of entertainment

15th century

Other Performing Arts Terms



ENTERTAINMENT Defined for English Language Learners

entertainment

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

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

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

Definition of entertainment for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of amusing or entertaining

  2. 2 :  something (as a show) that is a form of amusement or recreation



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