An activity that provides enjoyment and diversion, often through humor, suspense, drama, or spectacle. It can also serve to educate, inspire, or connect people through shared experiences. The entertainment industry plays an important role in societal needs by providing the distraction and diversification that many people crave, and by enabling them to explore new ideas and perspectives.
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From Middle English entretenement, from Old French entretenement, from Latin inter tenere, from tenere, from Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch or extend. See ententify for related words and phrases.