Entertaiment is a broad term that can encompass any activity that provides pleasure, excitement, or amusement. It can include watching sports events, listening to music, reading books and poetry for pleasure, playing video games, and creating visual art. It also includes attending live performances such as theater, ballet, or comedy shows.
What one person finds entertaining may not appeal to another. Familiar forms of entertainment often transcend different media and can be reinterpreted with varying degrees of success, resulting in endless remixes of original themes, images, and structures.
A common suffix added to verb stems to form nouns (amazement, betterment, merriment). From French entretenir, from inter- “among” and tenir, from Latin tenere, from PIE root *ten- (“to stretch”).
This article was originally published on The Conversation.