A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, or a stadium rock concert—whatever provides amusement, diversion, or pleasure: a distraction that takes the mind off daily concerns. Entertainment has a broad range of familiar forms and a seemingly endless capacity for creative remix. It is often linked to hospitality and the care of guests, but can also be a form of escapism from unpleasant or stressful circumstances. It may include elements of wit, humor, and picaresque adventure. From Old French entretenement; see entertain. Also used as a suffix: Entertaiment Center, Entertaiment Magazine.
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