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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Recent Examples on the Web At least 13 people were injured in a mass shooting in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, police in the Texas city said Saturday. NBC News, 12 June 2021 At least 13 people were injured in a shooting early Saturday in downtown Austin that unfolded as crowds filled the city’s popular entertainment district, police said. Washington Post, 12 June 2021 The Hamilton County Fair showcases 4-H exhibits, animal shows and other family entertainment. Serena Puang, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2021 Happy surprises might uplift your evening entertainment plans. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 12 June 2021 This year the event is being expanded to include a downtown restaurant and entertainment corridor with live music and race-side dining, the post said. chicagotribune.com, 12 June 2021 In sports, politics, and business as well as entertainment, a comeback story is irresistible. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 Your brand needs to go in with the idea of offering authentic, fun entertainment. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The event will feature live entertainment, according to the Chamber newsletter. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of entertainment

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

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The first known use of entertainment was in the 15th century

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15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Entertainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertainment. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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