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.
Etymology: From entretenement; see entertain.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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
It is a revolution in the distribution and consumption of information, and there are big things that are going to happen. The old models are starting to fall. And how we adjust to them, and how everyone adjusts to them -- you know, entertainment television, the movies, the news, politicians and the government trying to get their message out -- is going to be a massively fascinating thing.
We dont have to be too serious on everything, dubai is a city for entertainment and fun. We never ask women to check their weight, we trust them and just serve whatever number they wrote on the paper without asking questions. Therefore, we dont see any reason to feel any bad intention about the offer.
The prime minister was attending an event at Albury Entertainment Centre, when a woman approached him from behind and allegedly struck him with an egg to the back of his head.
If I had more world experience, there’s no way I would’ve put up with all that. Now that I ’m working in a professional environment, I realize that the way we were treated there was absolutely illegal. all of our game entertainment team members should be able to perform and engage with our fans without enduring harassment of any kind or inappropriate interaction or contact, the team said. Lacy Thibodeaux, Lacy Thibodeaux, said she was advised about holding her pompoms in a position to prevent fans from touching her butt or waist during photo ops.
Every time I stay in a hotel, even fabulous hotels, I’m reminded of the value that cruises represent. Certainly, the more inclusive nature of a cruise, in which entertainment, kids clubs, twice-daily cabin service, three square meals and then some, are part of the fare you pay, as is transportation from port to port.
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- وسائل الترفيهArabic
- представле́ние, заба́ва, развлече́ние, забавле́ниеBulgarian
- ψυχαγωγία, διασκέδαση, θέαμαGreek
- entretenimiento, espectáculoSpanish
- dibhearsanScottish Gaelic
- בִּדּוּר, מופעHebrew
- divertimento, intrattenimentoItalian
- 娯楽, エンタメ, エンターテインメントJapanese
- 엔터테인먼트, 오락Korean
- ئاههنگ, رابواردنKurdish
- пре́тстава, разо́нода, за́баваMacedonian
- vermaak, amusementDutch
- rozrywka, widowiskoPolish
- divertisment, distracție, petrecere, spectacolRomanian
- заба́ва, представле́ние, развлече́ние, интерте́йментRussian
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