Entertaiment | Definition, Synonyms & Examples
A common suffix forming nouns in Latin indicating the result or product of some action (for example, amazement, betterment, merriment). In English it is often inserted between the verb stem and -ment. It is also used with certain English modal stems in the sense of ‘possible, probable, likely’ (for example, conceivable, plausible).
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From Middle French entretenement, from medieval Latin intertenere “to hold in,” from ent- “inside” + tenir “to hold” (from the PIE root ten, derived from a base meaning to stretch, as in a crossword).
An agreeable occupation for the mind; a diversion or amusement: Solving the daily crossword is entertainment for many people.