an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
An activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience, no matter whether the audience participates passively as in watching opera or a movie, or actively as in games.
a show put on for the enjoyment or amusement of others
maintenance or support
Admission into service; service.
Payment of soldiers or servants; wages.
Origin: From entretenement; see entertain.
the act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general
that which entertains, or with which one is entertained; as: (a) Hospitality; hospitable provision for the wants of a guest; especially, provision for the table; a hospitable repast; a feast; a formal or elegant meal. (b) That which engages the attention agreeably, amuses or diverts, whether in private, as by conversation, etc., or in public, by performances of some kind; amusement
admission into service; service
payment of soldiers or servants; wages
Entertainment is something that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention. Although people's attention is held by different things, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment, most forms are recognisable and familiar. Storytelling, music, drama, dance, and different kinds of performance exist in all cultures, were supported in royal courts, developed into sophisticated forms and over time became available to all citizens. The process has been accelerated in modern times by an entertainment industry which records and sells entertainment products. Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience. The experience of being entertained has come to be strongly associated with amusement, so that one common understanding of the idea is fun and laughter, although many entertainments have a serious purpose. This may be the case in the various forms of ceremony, celebration, religious festival, or satire for example. Hence, there is the possibility that what appears as entertainment may also be a means of achieving insight or intellectual growth.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Entertainment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4569
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Entertainment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4167
Rank popularity for the word 'Entertainment' in Nouns Frequency: #1694
The numerical value of Entertainment in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Entertainment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Entertainment is all right, but entertainment with an idea behind it is much more important.
My goal is not to be ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ with all due respect to ‘Entertainment Tonight,’.
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, offers more entertainment than the TV set.
What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.
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Translations for Entertainment
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- забавле́ние, представле́ние, заба́ва, развлече́ниеBulgarian
- θέαμα, ψυχαγωγία, διασκέδασηGreek
- espectáculo, entretenimientoSpanish
- dibhearsanScottish Gaelic
- בִּדּוּר, מופעHebrew
- intrattenimento, divertimentoItalian
- エンターテインメント, エンタメ, 娯楽Japanese
- 엔터테인먼트, 오락Korean
- رابواردن, ئاههنگKurdish
- пре́тстава, разо́нода, за́баваMacedonian
- vermaak, amusementDutch
- rozrywka, widowiskoPolish
- spectacol, divertisment, petrecere, distracțieRomanian
- развлече́ние, заба́ва, интерте́ймент, представле́ниеRussian
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