The clown at your child’s birthday party, the Broadway show you went to last week or your friends fighting over the last potato chip-all are forms of entertainment. Entertaiment is a word that describes all of our means of amusement and distraction, whether it be theatrical as in shows, visual as in art or music, or even audio as in podcasts. It comes from the Latin intertenere, which means to hold inside. It is a word related to hospitality, and it has always been associated with entertaining guests.
The act of supplying an agreeable occupation for the mind; a diversion; amusement: Solving the daily crossword is an entertainment for many people. The entertainment industry is a powerful economic force that can create and sustain jobs, contribute to education, and provide for basic societal needs, such as cancer research.