What is Entertaiment?


The word entertaiment is a portmanteau of entertain and amuse. It has become a very broad concept, encompassing anything from an agreeable occupation for the mind such as solving a crossword puzzle to elaborate productions intended for large audiences, such as ballets and concerts. Entertainment is often associated with pleasure and amusement, but many entertainments serve a more serious purpose, such as the ceremonies and festivals of religion or satire that educate or inspire.

The stories of Scheherazade, for example, have been adapted to suit different media, including orchestral compositions by composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel; films; books; and innovative video games. Click the links below to find related words and collocations.