What Is Entertaiment?


The word entertainment is derived from the Medieval Latin intertenere, which means “to hold inside.” Entertainers use their talents to engage with and entertain audiences in various ways. Many forms of entertainment are associated with amusement and laughter, but others may have a serious purpose such as a ceremony, festival, or satire. Some of the most familiar entertainments have demonstrated the ability to adapt and remain relevant over time and across different media.

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