What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is anything that enlivens, amuses or diverts. It may have a humorous or lighthearted tone, although many entertainments have a serious purpose. It can be as simple as a choice of personal entertainment from a wide array of pre-recorded products; or a meal that is adapted for two; or a concert, show or party for thousands.

The word entertainment derives from the Latin inter tenere, from the prefix intra meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere, to hold or keep inside. It is an interesting verb to consider, given that TEN stands for Transformational Entertainment News.

According to Oliver and Barstsch, entertainment is understood objectively, involves communication, requires an external stimulus, offers pleasure, and occurs in a passive form. In addition, it is adaptable to the needs of any audience.