The Meaning and Use of the Word Entertaiment

The word entertaiment has evolved to encompass a wide range of activities, from the simple act of a person selecting an entertainment for private enjoyment from a large catalog of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted to a given number of people; to performances for a wide audience. Many forms of entertainment have a serious purpose or are intended to be satirical, but there is also much in the world of entertainment that is simply fun and enjoyable to do.

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