A agreeable occupation for the mind; a diversion or amusement. Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many people. Entertainment is an activity providing pleasure or amusement, usually involving a performance: a show; a banquet. It may also refer to a specific event or activity: an opera; a football game. In its broadest sense it can include a wide variety of activities from ceremonial and religious festivals, satire, and escapist fiction to the purely commercial spectacles of today.
The word entertainment has its origins in the Latin intertenere, a compound of the prefix inter, meaning “inside,” and tenere, derived from the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch or lengthen. Its societal applications are as varied as its diverse forms.