What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a broad term that encompasses activities such as art, sports, games, or movies. It is also used to refer to events that promote a business, such as celebrity appearances or theme parks. The word entertainment has a long history, with roots in both Medieval Latin and ancient Indo-European. It is derived from the Latin intertenere, or “to hold inside.” This is a fitting root for a word that means to entertain, as it describes the act of keeping something interesting or amusing.

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Entertainment has the ability to transcend different mediums and demonstrate a seemingly unlimited potential for creative remix. For instance, the story of Scheherazade has been told in books and poems; adapted into orchestral works by composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel; made into several films; and now features as innovative video games.