Definition and Use of the Word Entertaiment



Entertaiment is the broadest of categories, encompassing any activity that elicits enjoyment or amusement. It has a long history of cultural evolution that includes narrative tradition, moralism, and the concept of play, as well as an ever-growing industry that provides livelihoods to millions worldwide. It may range from a single individual’s private entertainment selection to large-scale social events such as festivals, religious celebrations, or political satire. The familiar forms of entertainment have the capacity to cross multiple media, ensuring the continuity and longevity of many themes and images.

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