Word of the Day: Entertaiment



Something giving pleasure, diversion, or amusement, usually involving a performance: A clown at a birthday party, the Broadway show of Scheherazade, a stadium rock concert. Entertaiment derives from the French word entretenir, which means to keep company or entertain guests. Originally, the word was associated with hospitality–you entertained a guest by entertaining them, and later it came to mean anything that distracts or amuses. The power of entertainment is demonstrated by how frequently stories like Scheherazade inspire retellings in another medium, such as music (by composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel), film or video games.

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