Entertaiment is anything affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement. This may include watching movies, television, or other media; listening to music; reading novels, short stories, or poetry; playing sports or games; participating in a hobby or activity; or experiencing a live performance such as theater, dance, or comedy. Entertainment also includes engaging in activities that are creative and expressive, such as playing or writing a story, creating or solving puzzles, or appreciating visual art.
The word “entertainment” derives from the Medieval Latin intertenere and the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch or elongate. It was originally used to describe stretching or elongating an event, as in the opera.