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The clown at a birthday party, the Broadway show, the stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip—all of these are forms of entertainment. The word entertainment, from the French entretenir or support, was originally associated with hospitality-keeping guests amused and distracted. It eventually came to mean amusement in general, and then entertainment as a performance, visual or auditory.

According to Bates and Ferri (2010), entertainment is understood objectively, consists of communication between text and audience, requires an external stimulus, offers pleasure, and occurs in a passive form. For more, see Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of the Day.