[uncountable, countable] movies, music, and other things used to amuse people. The club offers live entertainment every night of the week. The party will have entertainment provided by a folk band. Entertainment is constantly changing, and what may be considered entertaining today might be boring or annoying tomorrow. It can also be adapted to fit any size audience, from two people enjoying a private meal or a performance intended for thousands of people.

From Middle English entretenement, from Old French entretenemment, from Latin entretens, literally ‘entertained’. The same word is also used to describe an aesthetic effect, such as a pretty or elaborate building.