Definition of Entertainment

1. Noun. An activity that is diverting and that holds the attention.

Exact synonyms: Amusement
Generic synonyms: Diversion, Recreation
Specialized synonyms: Beguilement, Distraction, Edutainment, Extravaganza, Militainment, Night Life, Nightlife, Show
Derivative terms: Amuse, Entertain

Definition of Entertainment

1. n. The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general.

Definition of Entertainment

1. Noun. An activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience, no matter whether the audience participates passively as in watching opera or a movie, or actively as in games. ¹

2. Noun. a show put on for the enjoyment or amusement of others ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) maintenance or support ¹

4. Noun. Admission into service; service. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) Payment of soldiers or servants; wages. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Entertainment

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Medical Definition of Entertainment

1. 1. The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general. "The entertainment of Christ by faith." (Baxter) "The sincere entertainment and practice of the precepts of the gospel." (Bp. Sprat) 2. That which entertains, or with which one is entertained; as: Hospitality; hospitable provision for the wants of a guest; especially, provision for the table; a hospitable repast; a feast; a formal or elegant meal. That which engages the attention agreeably, amuses or diverts, whether in private, as by conversation, etc, or in public, by performances of some kind; amusement. "Theatrical entertainments conducted with greater elegance and refinement." (Prescott) 3. Admission into service; service. "Some band of strangers in the adversary's entertainment." (Shak) 4. Payment of soldiers or servants; wages. "The entertainment of the general upon his first arrival was but six shillings and eight pence." (Sir J. Davies) Synonym: Amusement, diversion, recreation, pastime, sport, feast, banquet, repast, carousal. Origin: Cf. OF. Entretenement. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Entertainment

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Literary usage of Entertainment

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1. Publications by Oxford Historical Society, Bostonian Society (1894)
"The king's entertainment in Bodley"s Librarie. ... Wood notes :—'quaere Dr. (Thomas) Hyde for the bill of entertainment, at his chamber. ..."

2. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Public entertainment The cigarette industry uses the sponsorship of public entertainment events to bypass broadcast advertising bans and self-regulatory ..."

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