What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a broad term for all forms of diversion, recreation, and enjoyment. Whether it’s comedy, drama, or spectacle, entertainment provides an escape from the everyday and a way to connect with others through shared experiences. Entertaiment can be found at all scales: a single person enjoying pre-recorded entertainment on their own; a dinner adapted for two; a party with music, food, and drink; or performances designed for thousands of people and broadcast to a global audience. The word entertain comes from the Latin intertenere, the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere, the Indo-European root of ten, meaning to stretch or extend. This article originally appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of T E News, our free e-mail newsletter about transformational entertainment. To subscribe, click here.