The clown at a birthday party, the Broadway show, the stadium rock concert, or your friends fighting over the last potato chip—all these are entertainment. From the Old French entretenir, meaning hold together or support, entertainment has evolved from its original association with hospitality to mean amusement or distraction, whether it is a theatrical performance that you attend or watch on TV; visual art such as paintings and photographs; or audio entertainment such as music or podcasts. You can also find the article about Entertaiment in our Help section. Entertaiment is sometimes abbreviated entmt. on fliers or in industry news publications.