What Is An Entertaiment?


The clown at a birthday party, the Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip—these are all examples of entertainment. The word comes from the Latin entretenere, which means “to hold together,” and it was associated with hospitality—the practice of entertaining guests (think Shakespeare). Today we use it to refer to anything that gives pleasure or diversion: a restaurant where food is served, a sports game, a movie, a crossword puzzle.

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