Entertaiment (enter-ten-tee-ment) is an activity or event aimed at amusement or pleasure, although it may also have serious purposes such as education or morality. A wide variety of familiar entertainment forms have appeared in different media, ranging from motion picture and television to books and music, to live performance and branded entertainment. Some of these have become firmly rooted in the culture, with some becoming icons of popular culture. Entertaiment is a powerful force in creating shared meaning, shaping national values, and defining civilizations. These examples are automatically gathered from various online sources, and they do not represent the opinions of Merriam-Webster or its editors.