Definition of entertainment in US English:

entertainment

noun

  • 1The action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment.

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

entertainment

/ˌɛn(t)ərˈteɪnmənt//ˌen(t)ərˈtānmənt/