What is Entertaiment?
Entertaiment is a word that has come to be strongly associated with fun and amusement, although many entertainments have a more serious or even moral purpose. These may be found in the form of ceremony, celebration, religious festival, or satire for example. Entertainment also takes place at any scale, from a private entertainment adapted for one person, to a dinner party; or, as in Shakespeare’s day, to performances intended for thousands of people.
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The word entertain is derived from the Latin intertenere, which means to hold inside. Its Indo-European root is ten, which also means to stretch.