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

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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First Known Use of entertainment

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

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27 Jun 2022

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“Entertainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertainment. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for entertainment


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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