Something affording pleasure or diversion; amusement: Solving a crossword puzzle provides entertainment for many people.

The word entertainment comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, based on the Indo-European root ten. Its meaning has transformed over the centuries to reflect changing cultural and technological trends.

The entries in this collection represent a wide range of cultural activities, from high art to popular spectacle and kitsch. They also show how familiar forms and themes can cross over from one medium to another. Some of the activities featured here may be offensive to some people, and some might even constitute work or acts of cruelty.