Definition of entertainment in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment.

    ‘everyone just sits in front of the television for entertainment’
    • ‘News is now entertainment and fluff, distracting us from issues important to us.’
    • ‘Curling is a fun sport that provides entertainment for players and spectators alike.’
    • ‘It is updated daily with news, sport, features, entertainment, columns and business.’
    • ‘It is one of the greatest television entertainment formats ever devised.’
    • ‘As much watching tennis is entertaining, it still comes first as a sport - not entertainment.’
    • ‘It's done for leisure and entertainment, and is taken seriously by its participants.’
    • ‘They did not have enough money to pay for family entertainment or recreation.’
    • ‘In the world of sports entertainment, you have to be able to roll with all the punches.’
    • ‘Readers like to be entertained and good entertainment requires conflict.’
    • ‘Look at advertising and the mass media, not to mention corporate entertainment, sport and politics.’
    • ‘At the moment there are just four channels which includes content such as entertainment, films and sports.’
    • ‘The weekend will be a real family outing with lots of entertainment and amusements for children.’
    • ‘Now she wanted to know a bit more about the game pieces, as to further the enjoyment of the entertainment.’
    • ‘Now, the company's client base covers almost every facet of sport and entertainment.’
    • ‘This gives the show a sense of amusement and entertainment that can only befit a game.’
    • ‘This show is guaranteed to provide a night of pure enjoyment and entertainment.’
    • ‘The focus of sport as entertainment has shifted from the live audience to the remote audience.’
    • ‘Literary people can sometimes be very snobbish about reading for pure pleasure, for entertainment.’
    • ‘They also take part in travel and exchange programmes, sports and light entertainment.’
    • ‘Its focus may also be changed to incorporate more sport and entertainment.’
    amusement, pleasure, leisure, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, interest, occupation, refreshment, restoration, distraction, diversion, divertissement, play
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    1. 1.1[count noun]An event, performance, or activity designed to entertain others.
      ‘a theatrical entertainment’
      • ‘The cold months ahead also promise a veritable buffet of supernatural entertainments.’
      • ‘This year there will also be an exhibit about historical musical entertainments at the palace.’
      • ‘These plays, designed to combat licentious carnival entertainments, were spoken but had some music.’
      • ‘But to get back to the criticism: Games are flashy, degraded, violent little entertainments for adolescent boys.’
      • ‘Toys and childhood entertainments are powerful vehicles of culture.’
      • ‘In a time when authors need to make their mark against ever more competing entertainments, the story behind a book has become at least as important as the one the volume tells.’
      • ‘Stocking groups from across York will perform renaissance-style entertainments during the free event.’
      • ‘There were several musical entertainments going on, adding to the sense of occasion.’
      • ‘But that figure has plummeted as the popularity of the swimming pool has been replaced by other entertainments, such as bowling and cinema.’
      • ‘It was the primary musical element at Balinese Hindu rituals, social events and traditional entertainments.’
      • ‘All the outdoor entertainments will go ahead and the other events are well planned for.’
      • ‘The festival will be augmented by plenty of entertainments, Dragon racing, an exhibition of cars, and a French market.’
      • ‘In brilliant festivals and noisy entertainments, there is always, at bottom, a sense of emptiness prevalent.’
      • ‘They hit on the idea of a grand jam day showcasing all the platform activities together with live music and a host of other entertainments for young people.’
      • ‘There is the usual huge range of agricultural-related events for the day, as well as many family entertainments at the occasion.’
      • ‘People also celebrated the Spring Festival with different kinds of outings and entertainments.’
      • ‘We should have the full list of events and entertainments in next week's column and we will let you know if there are any last minute changes.’
      • ‘Masquerades, extraordinarily popular entertainments in the eighteenth century, were morally suspect events.’
      • ‘Soccer matches and other entertainments were to be banned after dark.’
      • ‘The free Saturday night concert should still provide the main focus, but more entertainments could be laid on during the day in the central arena and main stage.’
      show, performance, presentation, production, staging, spectacle, extravaganza
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    2. 1.2The action of receiving a guest or guests and providing them with food and drink.
      ‘the suite provides the setting for entertainment on the grand scale’
      • ‘A fully-fitted kitchen with storage space makes cooking and entertainment a pleasure.’
      catering, food, accommodation
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