What Is Entertaiment?

A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip—all are entertainment. It comes from the Old French entretenir, which means hold together or support; today it has the added implication of amuse or distract. Click on a collocation to see more examples. Theatrical entertainment is shows, visual entertainment is things you like to look at, and audio entertainment is mostly music. These familiar forms of entertainment cross over all media, and their ubiquity contributes to the longevity and universality of many themes, images, and structures. See also distraction, art, fun, and work.