From Middle English ententeement, from Old French ententement; see entertain.
Entertainment is anything that provides enjoyment or amusement, although it may also serve a more serious purpose, such as in ceremonies, celebrations, religious festivals, and works of satire. It can be enjoyed on a small scale by an individual who chooses a private entertainment from the now enormous array of pre-recorded products; or it can be provided at a banquet for two; or in a theater or stadium for thousands of people. The familiar forms of entertainment have demonstrated the capacity for creative remix and for cross-media.
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