The pursuit of pleasure for its own sake or as a relief from boredom and hardship, especially by means of games, sports, or art. The activities and experiences that provide entertainment include listening to music or attending concerts, reading books or poetry, playing games, watching movies and television, and viewing or creating visual art. The term entertainment has also come to refer to the mass media and its ability to entertain large numbers of people simultaneously.
From Middle English entretenement, from inter- “among” (from Latin inter) + tenir (“to hold”), from a PIE root *ten-“stretch,” literally “holding inside.” Sense of “gratify, amuse” is late 15c.; sense of “entertain, have as a guest” is 1610.
A common suffix of Latin origin to form nouns from verb stems (as in amazement, betterment, merriment). It replaces the Latin -mentum in some French words (as in commence-e-ment from commencer, and -i-ment in sentiment from sentir).
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