The Definition and Use of the Word ‘Entertaiment’



A broad category of activities designed to provide enjoyment or diversion, often with some degree of humor, suspense, drama, or spectacle. Entertainment may also be used to achieve educational goals, such as a form of social or cultural education or to promote insight and intellectual growth. Entertainment evolves constantly and adapts to a variety of contexts. In the modern sense, it can range from a personal choice of pre-recorded or live entertainment for one person to performances intended for thousands and even global audiences. See also amusement, diversion, fun, and play.

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