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Something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement. The word entertainment comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, a compound of the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere referring to holding or keeping inside. A typical example of entertainment is a show, such as a musical performance or a movie, that is intended to amuse people. However, there are many other types of entertainment that may be used for different purposes, such as a party or a banquet.

See also entertainment news, entertainment in the media, and entertainment for children.

This page was last updated on January 13, 2019. Entertaiment is available online as part of the Oxford English Dictionary online edition.

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