What is Entertaiment?

A clown at a birthday party, a stadium rock concert, a game of rugby or tennis–all of these are entertainment. The word comes from the French entretenir, a sense that has also been applied to hospitality and keeping guests entertained. We think of theatrical entertainment as shows, visual entertainment as things to look at, and audio entertainment as mostly music. But entertainment is a flexible concept, and what may be necessary skills for some, such as cooking, can become a form of competition and entertainment for many people.

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