Something that diverts, amuses, or occupies. A pleasant occupation for the mind; diversion; a pastime: The daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many people.
A broad term, entertainment can vary from a simple activity such as solving a crossword puzzle to elaborate theatrical performances intended for thousands of spectators. It can also have a serious purpose, such as ceremony, religion or satire. Often, the word is used in the sense of fun and laughter, although some forms of entertainment have a more serious intention, such as the various types of sport or military exercises. The word derives from the Medieval Latin intertenere, and its Indo-European root is ten, meaning to stretch or extend. According to Oliver and Barstsch, it can be defined objectively as an activity that encompasses communication between text and audience from external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience, and involves passivity.