[ en-ter-teyn-muh nt ]
/ ˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt /


the act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many.
something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, especially a performance of some kind: The highlight of the ball was an elaborate entertainment.
hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests.
a divertingly adventurous, comic, or picaresque novel.
Obsolete. maintenance in service.

Origin of entertainment

First recorded in 1525–35; entertain + -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM entertainment

non·en·ter·tain·ment, noun, adjective pre·en·ter·tain·ment, noun self-en·ter·tain·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for entertainment

/ (ˌɛntəˈteɪnmənt) /


the act or art of entertaining or state of being entertained
an act, production, etc, that entertains; diversion; amusement