From the French entretenir to hold together or support, entertaiment has come to mean amusement or distraction. A clown at a child’s birthday party, a Broadway musical or stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–all are forms of entertaiment. The word is also associated with the art of professional storytelling, such as the Persian tradition of Scheherazade, who kept her husband from killing her by telling him story after story. The examples in this article are programmatically compiled from online sources to illustrate current usage of the word.