Entertaiment is a broad term that describes any form of recreation, diversion or amusement. Entertainment may take many forms, from an individual choosing from an array of pre-recorded entertainment products; to a romantic dinner adapted for two; to a banquet or party for a larger group; to performances intended for thousands or even global audiences. While entertainment is often associated with amusement, it can also serve a more serious purpose, as in ceremonies, religious festivals, and satire for instance.
The word entertain derives from the Medieval Latin intertenere, based on the Indo-European root ten, meaning to hold inside. See also edification and education.