Something that provides pleasure, diversion, or amusement: A daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many.

A live performance given for the enjoyment of an audience: The opera was a delightful entertainment.

Often, entertainment has to do with social backstabbing or murders because it hits on the things the brain was evolved to deeply react to in order to understand the world around us. But it can also be a form of escape from reality and an outlet for creativity.

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The word entertaintment was derived from Middle English. It was originally a compound of two words: entertain and tayntment. The prefix inter means ‘inside’ and the suffix tenere is derived from the Indo-European root tense, meaning ‘to stretch’.