What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a broad term which encompasses the whole range of activities that give enjoyment, diversion or amusement. These can be as simple as solving a crossword or as elaborate as attending a performance. Entertaiment can also be a source of education or information and serves the social needs of society. Many forms of entertainment evolve and adapt to suit any size or type of audience, from a private entertainment adapted for two, to a banquet or celebration for hundreds of people and performances intended for a global public.

Where Does the Word Entertainment Come From?

The word entertain derives from the Latin inter tenere, meaning “to hold inside.” It is closely related to the Indo-European root ten, which means to stretch or expand.