What Is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is any activity that provides a diversion, permits people to amuse themselves during their leisure time, and may also provide fun, enjoyment, or laughter. It is a culturally specific concept, influenced by narrative traditions and moralism, and can be found in a wide variety of forms, including novels, folklore, religious festivals, ceremonies, and social gatherings. People may create entertainment themselves, as when they spontaneously invent a game; or consume it passively, as when they watch a play or a movie. These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Merriam-Webster or its editors.