Something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement: Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many. The word is derived from the Latin intertenere, formed from the prefix inter- and the suffix tenere, from the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch or hold inside. It is also a verb, meaning to keep or provide amusement, or to divert or amuse; to entice or occupy the attention: to entertain a guest.
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Entertainment is a wide field, ranging from a private amusement for an individual to the elaborate and sophisticated performances that occur at a dinner party or a ball, and sometimes in public places such as theaters and stadiums. Even some necessary skills, such as cooking, can develop into entertaining performances among professionals and global competitions that can be viewed for entertainment by thousands of people.