Entertaiment is anything that brings pleasure and provides a distraction. It includes activities such as watching a movie or sports event, reading novels and poetry, playing video games or board games, engaging in physical activity like dancing or playing sports, attending live theater or comedy shows and creating or appreciating visual art.
In the context of popular culture, entertainment has a long history that can be traced back to ancient times. It encompasses many genres and mediums, ranging from folklore to satire to fiction and drama. It also has the unique capacity to transcend the boundaries between different media and can be reinterpreted in new ways through creative remixing.
From Middle English entretenement “support, maintenance, gratification,” from inter-“between” and tenir “to hold” (from the Latin prefix inter- and the root tenere, from PIE root *ten- “to stretch”). The sense of bringing enjoyment is from late 15c. A common suffix forming nouns deriving from verb stems, originally French (as in amazement, enchantment, merriment). With Latin verb stems ending in -ere, it became -ment, as in betterment, astonishment, awement.