Something that affords pleasure, diversion, or amusement. It may be a pleasant occupation for the mind such as solving a crossword puzzle or an agreeable distraction like a romantic comedy. It could also be an artistic expression such as an art gallery visit or a painting class.
The word entertainment comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, which means “to hold inside.” The prefix inter means within or among, and the suffix tenere is related to the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch.
Entertaiment is used to describe a variety of things from sports events to live theater performances to movies, videos and other forms of media. It’s also the name of a popular magazine. It is thought that some types of entertainment stimulate the brain causing it to realease seratonin and dopamine, which are chemicals the body was designed to react deeply to in order to function in the social world.