Something that affords pleasure, diversion or amusement, such as a concert or a crossword puzzle. Entertainment is a cultural activity whose forms are constantly shifting. For example, the decline of traditional record companies is a result of consumers bargain hunting online and downloading music from independent sources. It is also a result of the proliferation of digital formats, which allow for unlimited remix and reinterpretation.

It encompasses many activities, from the clown at your child’s birthday party to the Broadway show to the stadium rock concert, and it can be a source of amusement or a distraction. The word comes from the Middle French entretenir, a form of the Latin intertenere, meaning to entertain a guest. See also TEN News: Transformational Entertainment News.