Entertaiment: An agreeable occupation of the mind or a diversion: a pleasant distraction: The clown at the party, a Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–all of these are forms of entertainment. The word comes from the old French entretenir meaning to hold together, support, or keep happy. Originally, it was associated with hospitality–keeping guests amused and satisfied. It is sometimes abbreviated to entmt., particularly on fliers or in industry news publications where space is limited.
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