What does entertainment mean?

Definitions for entertainment
ˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənten·ter·tain·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. entertainment, amusementnoun

    an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention

Wiktionary

  1. entertainmentnoun

    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. entertainmentnoun

    a show put on for the enjoyment or amusement of others

  3. entertainmentnoun

    maintenance or support

  4. entertainmentnoun

    Admission into service; service.

  5. entertainmentnoun

    Payment of soldiers or servants; wages.

  6. Etymology: From entretenement; see entertain.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Entertainmentnoun

    Etymology: from entertain.

    Arrived there, the little house they fill,
    Ne look for entertainment where none was;
    Rest is their feast, and all things at their will;
    The noblest mind the best contentment has. Fairy Queen.

    With British bounty in his ship he feasts
    Th’ Hesperian princes, his amazed guests,
    To find that watry wilderness exceed
    The entertainment of their great Madrid. Edmund Waller.

    It is not easy to imagine how it should at first gain entertainment, but much more difficult to conceive how it should be universally propagated. John Tillotson, Sermon 1.

    Have you an army ready, say you? ———— A most royal one. The centurions and their charges distinctly billeted, already in the entertainment, and to be on foot at an hour’s warning. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The entertainment of the general, upon his first arrival, was but six shillings and eight pence. John Davies, on Ireland.

    The captains did covenant with the king to serve him with certain numbers of men, for certain wages and entertainments. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Because he that knoweth least is fittest to ask questions, it is more reason, for the entertainment of the time, that he ask me questions than that I ask you. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Passions ought to be our servants, and not our masters; to give us some agitation for entertainment, but never to throw reason out of its seat. William Temple.

    A great number of dramatick entertainments are not comedies, but five-act farces. John Gay, What d’ye Call it. Pref. to.

Wikipedia

  1. Entertainment

    Entertainment is a form of activity 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, most forms of entertainment 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 that 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. An important aspect of entertainment is the audience, which turns a private recreation or leisure activity into entertainment. The audience may have a passive role, as in the case of persons watching a play, opera, television show, or film; or the audience role may be active, as in the case of games, where the participant/audience roles may be routinely reversed. Entertainment can be public or private, involving formal, scripted performance, as in the case of theatre or concerts; or unscripted and spontaneous, as in the case of children's games. Most forms of entertainment have persisted over many centuries, evolving due to changes in culture, technology, and fashion for example with stage magic. Films and video games, for example, although they use newer media, continue to tell stories, present drama, and play music. Festivals devoted to music, film, or dance allow audiences to be entertained over a number of consecutive days. Some entertainment, such as public executions, are now illegal in most countries. Activities such as fencing or archery, once used in hunting or war, have become spectator sports. In the same way, other activities, such as cooking, have developed into performances among professionals, staged as global competitions and then broadcast for entertainment. What is entertainment for one group or individual may be regarded as work or an act of cruelty by another. The familiar forms of entertainment have the capacity to cross over different media and have demonstrated a seemingly unlimited potential for creative remix. This has ensured the continuity and longevity of many themes, images, and structures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entertainmentnoun

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

  2. Entertainmentnoun

    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. Entertainmentnoun

    admission into service; service

  4. Entertainmentnoun

    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.

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entertainment in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entertainment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of entertainment in a Sentence

  1. Mark Jessee:

    This was a form of live theater. It was the popular entertainment, it was sketch artists, talent musicians and comedians.

  2. Zhao Dandan:

    The virus spreads quickly because such entertainment venues are mostly indoor and closed, with frequent movement of people, high concentrations of people and inadequate personal protection measures.

  3. Steve Adelman:

    The whole idea of going to a show, a club, or sporting event it’s a place where other people have already taken care of safety measures, i think most of the time when someone goes out for entertainment purposes, they are kind of suspending their disbelief about the need to protect themselves because they trust someone already looked into this.

  4. Deborah Nichols:

    When you don't have a lot of resources in the home or a lot of resources to do things outside the home, you're going to spend more time with the resources that you do have, it's an affordable, accessible source of informal learning and a form of entertainment, and I think that's a main reason Deborah Nichols see these differences in screen use between lower-income and higher-income kids.

  5. Leo Terrell:

    As a former Black Democrat who left the party in 2020 and voted Republican for the first time, the reasons are quite simple, this is not 1965. The Democratic use of racism against the Republican Party is outdated. You look across the spectrum in this great country and you will see African-Americans flourishing in science, sports entertainment, education and politics.

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