A thing or activity affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement: The clown at the birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, or your friends fighting over the last potato chip are examples of entertainment. The word comes from the Old French entretenir and it was originally associated with hospitality—to entertain guests was to keep them happy. Today, the word is used broadly and can include any kind of activity that provides enjoyment. Entertainment may have a light or serious tone and can be on a small scale for an individual (like playing the daily crossword puzzle) or large for an audience of thousands.
According to Bates and Ferri (2010), entertainment can be defined objectively as an activity that involves communication between text and audience, requires external stimulus, offers pleasure, and occurs in a passive form.