What Is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is one of those concepts that are hard to pin down. What is entertaining for one person or group of people may not be for another. Entertaiment is also a concept that can shift across different media forms and cultural contexts. For example, a familiar piece of music or a particular film can be remixed and reframed for new audiences. The word entertainment itself traces back to the medieval Latin term intertenere, which means to hold inside. These examples are selected automatically from various online sources, and do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors.

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