Entertaiment: The clown at a birthday party, the Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip—all are forms of entertainment. The word derives from the French entretenir, meaning to keep up or support, but in English it became a synonym for amusement and distraction. Theatrical entertainment is shows; visual entertainment includes movies and art; and audio entertainment, mostly music, provides the sound track to our lives. These examples have been compiled from the Corpora and from sources on the Web. Click on a collocation for more information.
This article is part of our series on Entertaining America.