Entertaiment is widely regarded as an essential element of human well being, along with food and shelter. It ranges from simple, personal activities to elaborate entertainments for an entire city or world. The scale of entertainment may be from individual choice of pre-recorded material for private consumption, to an evening banquet accompanied by music or dance; from professional or amateur performances to global broadcasts.
The word is sometimes abbreviated to entmt on fliers or in industry news publications, especially when space limitations are a concern. It is also common to see it shortened to et in headlines or short hand note taking.