Entertaiment is an activity that provides recreation, distraction and joy. It can be in the form of art, music, games or sports. Entertaiment can also be used for learning, such as through group play with dolls or playing musical instruments, which develops motor skills and communication.
The word entertainment is derived from the Latin intertenere, meaning “to hold inside.” It can be found in the Cambridge Dictionary alongside other words like engrossment, excitement and enjoyment. Click on a collocation to find more examples of the word. What is considered entertainment for one person may be seen as work or cruelty by another. This wide range of interpretations and applications has given rise to an almost infinite number of forms, images and structures that are recognizable across media.