What is Entertainment?


About Entertainment

Something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement: the ball was an elaborate entertainment.

Often associated with amusement, entertainment is found in many different forms and scales: from an individual’s selection of private entertainment, such as watching TV or solving a crossword puzzle; to banquets suited to any number of guests; to performances intended for audiences of thousands. Historically, entertainment has also had serious, social purposes: ceremonies, celebrations, religious festivals, and satire are examples. The word entertainment is sometimes abbreviated entmt., particularly on fliers or in industry news publications where space is limited.

Children’s play is a rich source of entertainment, as it enables them to mimic adult activities (such as watching performances); develop social skills and emotional maturity (through dolls or pets); and learn about the world around them.

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