What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is amusement or distraction, usually involving a performance. The clown at your kid’s birthday party, the Broadway show, your favorite rock band playing in a stadium, and even your friends fighting over the last potato chip are all forms of entertainment. The word is derived from the French entretenement, which means “to hold together.” The power of entertainment to hold our attention is evident in stories like Scheherazade, from the Persian professional storytelling tradition, who saved her life by telling stories. Musicians Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel were inspired by this story, which was later adapted into a film by director Pasolini and turned into an innovative video game.