The word entertainment is used to describe a wide range of activities, from the clown at your kid’s birthday party to a stadium rock concert. It’s a word that’s associated with hospitality, as in “entertain your guests.” But entertainment is also anything that gives pleasure or diversion, such as solving a crossword puzzle.
The word entertain is related to the Latin verb intertenere, which means “to hold inside.” It was used in a sense of “hospitable provision for the needs and wants of others.” Click on the buttons below to find more examples of entertaiment. These examples have been programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage. They do not represent the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors.