What Is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a wide-ranging category that encompasses a broad spectrum of arts, activities, and pastimes. Its varied forms can offer everything from escapism and joy to catharsis and cerebral engagement. From watching a drama to reading a book, a concert to a puzzle, and even a video game that requires strategic thinking, entertainment can be enjoyed by people of all ages, tastes, and emotional states. Click on a collocation to see more examples.

The word “entertainment” is derived from the Medieval Latin intertenere, which means to hold something inside.

For some, the most compelling form of entertainment evokes complex emotions like wonder and fear or sadness and excitement. For others, the most entertaining form of entertainment challenges the intellect with questions and alternative viewpoints.