A pleasing or agreeable occupation for the mind; a diversion or amusement: Solving the crossword puzzle is my entertainment for the day.

A performance intended to amuse, divert or instruct: the play was a great entertainment.

Entertainment has become so strongly associated with leisure, it is not unusual for one not to realize that many entertainments have a serious purpose. This can be the case inside the various styles of rite, party, non secular pageant, or satire for instance.

Oliver and Barstsch (2010) define entertainment as an activity understood objectively, that encompasses communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience to exist and occurs in a passive form. The word entertains is derived from the Latin intertenere, meaning “to hold within.” Its Indo-European root is ten, which means to stretch.