What is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment means “something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement.” It has come to mean almost any activity and can encompass everything from a crossword puzzle to a dinner party. Some entertainment has the ability to span different media and even cultures, as seen in movies that tell stories or video games that evoke emotions. Other forms of entertainment are rooted in ancient traditions, like theater, ballet, and sports, which have been modernized into spectator events and global competitions. Entertainment can be playful, such as a restaurant that offers a hairy word of the day, or serious, like a public execution. Related words are enter, penetrate, pierce, probe.