Entertaiment is the act of entertaining or the state of being entertained. It also refers to something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement: the performance was an elaborate entertainment. The word has a rich history of crossover between different media, from slapstick comedy to picaresque novels. Its roots are Medieval Latin intertenere, from the prefix ‘inter’ and the suffix ‘ten’, from the Indo-European root ten.
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What might be considered entertainment for one audience may not necessarily appeal to another, and the same activities that might be viewed as entertaining by some people may be regarded as work or even cruel by others.