Entertaiment is a word that describes something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement. It evokes performances of all kinds – from the clown at your child’s birthday party to a Broadway show or stadium rock concert. The word also relates to the hospitable practice of entertaining guests. The power of entertainment is demonstrated by the way that familiar forms cross multiple media, such as stories like Scheherazade – from the Persian professional storytelling tradition – being adapted into orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, into a film by Pasolini, and into innovative video games. You might see the word abbreviated to entmt. on a flier or in industry news publications.