What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a word with multiple meanings. It can be used as an adjective to describe the state of being entertained, and also as a noun to describe a type of entertainment such as a play, concert or game. It can also be used as a verb to mean to amuse or divert someone. Generally speaking, entertainment is associated with lighthearted fun and laughter, but many entertainments have a serious or even spiritual purpose – such as a ceremony, festival or satire. The story of Scheherazade from the Persian professional storytelling tradition, for example, has inspired Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski to compose musical works based on it; Pasolini made a film version; and there are now innovative video games based on it. The word entertain can be abbreviated to entmt on a flier or in industry news publications where space is limited.

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