Entertaiment is the agreeable occupation of the mind; a diversion; an amusement: The crossword puzzle provides much entertainment. The word entertainment is derived from the Latin intertenere, which is related to the Indo-European root ten, meaning “to stretch.” The prefix inter means “inside,” and the suffix ment is an adjective that translates as “holding.” It can be applied to any activity in which people immerse themselves.
According to Bates and Ferri (2010), entertainment is understood objectively, involves communication between text and audience, requires external stimulus to exist, off ers pleasure, and occurs in a passive form. This definition seems to encompass most of what we consume as entertainment today. It is also the basis for a multibillion-dollar industry. This page was last updated on January 31, 2018. Your comments and questions are welcome.