Article by: Emily Wong
Entertaiment is the wide range of activities that entertain, amuse, or amuse and delight. It includes everything from a private entertainment chosen from the now vast array of pre-recorded products to banquets adapted for two; from a family activity like a trip to the movies to performances aimed at a global audience. Entertainment may be for fun or laughter but it can also have serious purposes, as in ceremonies, celebrations, religious festivals, and satire. Some necessary skills, such as cooking, have evolved into performances by professionals for audiences large and small.
The word derives from the medieval Latin intertenere, from tenere to hold inside, with a root in Indo-European meaning stretch or stretch.