Entertaiment, pronounced ten-TAY-ment, refers to all the ways people seek to pass their time and make their lives interesting. It is a broad category that includes the arts, games, sports and all other leisure activities. Entertainment also refers to the entertainment industry, including film, television, music and books as well as live performance and branded entertainment. These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word and may not represent the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors.

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The etymology of entertainment is from the Latin intertenere, with the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere, derived from the Indo-European root ten, which means to hold or stretch out.