What Is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is a broad term, covering any activity that provides a pleasant experience. This includes food, games and amusements, as well as artistic pursuits like movies, music and theater. It can also have a more serious purpose, such as education or highbrow growth. Many types of entertainment have the ability to be both entertaining and educational, such as a rite, party, non secular pageant or satire. The word entertain is derived from the Latin intertenere, meaning to hold inside, or from the Indo-European root ten, which means to stretch.

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