A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–all of these are forms of entertainment. A word that has always been closely associated with hospitality, it’s derived from the Latin inter-tenere meaning to hold inside. It eventually took on a sense of amusement or distraction, and today we use it to talk about theatrical entertainment as shows, visual entertainment as things you like to look at, and audio entertainment as mostly music. Click on a collocation for more examples.

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