Entertaiment is a multifaceted universe that appeals to the complex complexities of human emotion and intellect. From escapism to education, from catharsis to cerebral engagement, it provides an array of pleasures that cater to a wide variety of tastes and interests. It can range from a comedy show to a deep documentary, or from an uplifting concert to a brain-teasing puzzle or strategy video game.

Creative entertainment frequently pushes the boundaries of what has been done before, seeking to evoke a range of emotions including wonder, excitement, and sadness. It can also challenge the intellect, posing questions, offering alternative viewpoints, or demanding problem-solving and strategic thinking. This kind of entertainment often demands a high level of artistic skill. The word “entertainment” derives from the Medieval Latin intertenere, which means “to hold inside.” The Indo-European root is ten, meaning to stretch.