What Is Entertaiment?

The clown at the birthday party, a Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–all of these are examples of entertainment. Entertainment, a word that comes from the French entretenement, is amusement or distraction, often involving a performance. It can be as small as an individual choosing from a wide array of pre-recorded entertainment products; as large as a banquet adapted to two; or as grand as a performance intended for thousands, and perhaps broadcast to a global audience.

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