Definitions for Entertainmentˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•ter•tain•mentˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt(n.)

  1. the act of entertaining.

  2. diversion; amusement.

  3. something affording pleasure or amusement, esp. a performance.

  4. hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests.

  5. a divertingly adventurous, comic, or picaresque novel.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Literature

  6. Obs. maintenance in service.

Origin of entertainment:

1525–35

Princeton's WordNet

  1. entertainment, amusement(noun)

    an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. entertainment(noun)ˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt

    shows or performances people enjoy watching

    a night of live entertainment; Most people get their entertainment from TV these days.

  2. entertainmentˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt

    the act of providing guests with food and drinks

    ***the entertainment of guests

Wiktionary

  1. entertainment(Noun)

    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.

  2. entertainment(Noun)

    a show put on for the enjoyment or amusement of others

  3. entertainment(Noun)

    maintenance or support

  4. entertainment(Noun)

    Admission into service; service.

  5. entertainment(Noun)

    Payment of soldiers or servants; wages.

  6. Origin: From entretenement; see entertain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entertainment(noun)

    the act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general

  2. Entertainment(noun)

    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

  3. Entertainment(noun)

    admission into service; service

  4. Entertainment(noun)

    payment of soldiers or servants; wages

Freebase

  1. Entertainment

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Entertainment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4569

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Entertainment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4167

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Entertainment' in Nouns Frequency: #1694


Translations for Entertainment

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

entertainment(noun)

something that entertains, eg a theatrical show etc.

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