Articles on Entertaiment
Entertainment is the word we use when something — such as food, music, sports, theatre, art, or other activities — is intended to give pleasure to a group of people. It may also have a serious purpose, such as ceremonies or religious festivals, or be a form of satire or sarcasm. The word entertainment is derived from the Latin suffix -mentum, added to verb stems (as in amazement, betterment, and merriment) in Vulgar Latin and Old French to create nouns indicating the result or effect of the action. It entered English in the late 15c.; sense of “gratify, amuse” is 1620s.
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