Entertaiment means amusement, enjoyment, or light-hearted fun. But entertainment can also have a more serious purpose, such as ceremonies, religious festivals, or satire. Entertainment continues to evolve, adapting to fit any scale—from one person who chooses his or her own private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to banquets adapted for two; to parties of any size; and from performances intended for thousands.

From the Middle French entretenement, from the Medieval Latin intertenere, to hold inside. See also entertain, entice, and enthrall.

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