What is Entertaiment?


Article by: Merriam-Webster

Entertaiment is a word that has become the focus of many popular media, but what exactly is it? And how did this word come to be in such widespread use today?

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A suffix inserted into verb stems to form nouns of a feeling or state of being (amazement, betterment, merriment). It derives from Old French entretenir “to support, keep together” (from Latin inter-) + tenir (“to hold”; from PIE root *tener-). This suffix is also used with a variety of other English verb stems to make abstract nouns, such as enlightenment, enrichment, and amusement. See also entertain, entertain, and entrainment.