What is Entertaiment?


The whimsy of a clown at a birthday party, the splendor of a Broadway show, the stadium rock of a concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–these are all examples of entertaiment. It’s a word that has come to mean much more than amusement, although that’s still the core of it. From the Old French entretenement, it was originally associated with hospitality, or the care and feeding of guests. As it has evolved, entertainment can be adapted to fit any scale: from a couple at a dinner table or a small gathering at a friend’s home; to the mass consumption of pre-recorded entertainment intended for global audiences.