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

The Globe has other e-mail newsletters on topics ranging from breaking news alerts to sports, politics, business, and entertainment -- check them out. BostonGlobe.com, "Is there a more exciting way to end the week than with a show-cause hearing on the state’s takeover of Providence schools?," 14 Sep. 2019 The timing of Iger's departure from Apple's board comes as both the tech giant and the entertainment monolith both prepare to launch video streaming services this fall. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Disney CEO Bob Iger, Who Took Steve Jobs’ Seat, Resigns From Apple’s Board," 13 Sep. 2019 Times film critic Justin Chang and entertainment columnist Glenn Whipp took a break between a few last-minute screenings north of the border to share their early impressions of the fall movie season. Los Angeles Times, "Best of the 2019 Toronto Film Festival: There was ‘Parasite’ and there was everything else," 13 Sep. 2019 The two-day meeting -- worth $5.3 million in prize money -- celebrates not only world-class race horses, but elegant fashion, gourmet food and drink, and other entertainment. Ben Church And Aly Vance, CNN, "Why this ancient land is the spiritual home of Irish horse racing," 13 Sep. 2019 Hot dogs, popcorn, desserts, water, kids games community resources, entertainment and music, food trucks, raffles, vendors and more. Beverly Southall, baltimoresun.com, "Perryville: Food Truck Festival at Good Shepherd School this Sunday," 12 Sep. 2019 Tour the gardens and see garden demonstrations, sample harvest bounty, enjoy children’s activities and art projects, live music and bubble entertainment. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Harvest Festivals 2019," 12 Sep. 2019 There will be carnival rides and live entertainment. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 Where: 29022 Kommers Lane, Silverado Tickets: $25 (includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by The Wave jazz artist Joe Baldino). Daily Pilot, "From her living room to the Louvre, Kira sculpts ‘with her heart, not her eyes’," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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