A broad range of activities and events can qualify as entertainment. The term can encompass anything from low-brow Shakespeare to high-fashion haute couture. Some things, such as cooking or fencing, that were once considered necessary skills for certain groups have become serious sports for professionals and televised entertainment for a worldwide audience. Even something that was once thought of as cruel punishment has shifted from public spectacle to private entertainment. These example sentences are automatically generated from various online sources. They may not all reflect the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
From Middle French entretenement; see entertain.