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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun entertainment:

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Definition of the noun entertainment

What does entertainment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: entertainments

  1. an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
    • examples: Australians excel at sports and entertainment. | This is a movie which combines education with entertainment. | There was very little in the way of entertainment. | The entertainment expense was borne by our group. | He is familiar with the entertainment world. | After hours of browsing TV Tropes, Lyle could predict the ending of any show. This gave him a distaste for entertainment that, in a roundabout way, enabled him to make time for a more productive life. | Young people and migrant workers are the bulk of rural Internet users; in terms of online music, online games, online film and television, and the Internet's capacity for entertainment, rural Internet users are equivalent to urban ones. | All your entertainment in one place. | Cable boxes are more useful as places for cats to sleep than as entertainment machines. | Singing is an honest and pleasurable entertainment, but one must be careful to avoid singing or taking pleasure in listening to lewd songs.
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of entertainment: amusement
    • more generic words: diversion / recreation = an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
    • more specific terms:
      • beguilement / distraction = an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
      • edutainment = entertainment that is intended to be educational
      • extravaganza = any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
      • militainment = entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated
      • night life / nightlife = the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
      • show = the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

Alternative definition of the noun entertainment


  1. An activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience, no matter whether the audience participates passively as in watching opera or a movie, or actively as in games.
  2. a show put on for the enjoyment or amusement of others
  3. [obsolete] maintenance or support
  4. Admission into service; service.
  5. [obsolete] Payment of soldiers or servants; wages.


  1. "Entertainment" is a 2014 Bollywood comedy film directed by duo Sajid-Farhad in their directorial debut. Starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, the film is produced by Ramesh S. Taurani of Tips Industries Limited. Entertainment was released on 8 August 2014, to mixed reviews from critics.
  2. "Entertainment" is a film directed by Rick Alverson.


"Entertainment" is a book, written work.

  • author: Algis Budrys
  • genres: Science Fiction, Fiction, Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1997


  1. "Entertainment" a.k.a. "Entertainment!" is the debut album by English post-punk band Gang of Four, released in September 1979. This album was released on EMI in the UK and on Warner Bros. in the US.
  2. "Entertainment" is a song by the French band Phoenix from their fifth album Bankrupt!. It is the lead single from the album and premiered on February 18, 2013 with airplay on BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe show. Following the premiere, the single was sent to alternative radio, where it impacted in the United States during the week of February 26. The cover for the single, released on February 19, 2013, features the image of a Mai Tai against a gray background. "Entertainment" features a staccato guitar line and synthetic production. The official remix of the track features vocals from British R&B group Mutya Keisha Siobhan and re-worked production from Dev Hynes.
  3. "Entertainment" is the third full length album by electroclash duo and performance troupe Fischerspooner, released on May 5, 2009 in the United States, and on May 4 around the world. On April 19, 2009 a teaser for this album appeared on YouTube.
  4. "Entertainment" is a musical album by Phoenix.
    • released on
  5. "Entertainment" is a musical album of Marc Moulin.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  6. "Entertainment" is a musical album of Metalsteel.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  7. "EnterTainment" is a musical album of Triana Park.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Entertainment" is a musical album of The Hillside Stranglers.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  9. "Entertainment" is a musical single of Disco Inferno.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  10. "Entertainment" is a musical album of The Beatlesøns.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  11. "Entertainment" is a composition.
  12. "Entertainment" is a musical album of Garden City Movement.
  13. "Entertainment" is a musical album of Ausgang Verboten.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  14. "Entertainment" is a musical album of Inflight.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  15. "Entertainment" is a musical EP of Adult.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  16. "Entertainment" is a 1998 album by Loso.
    • released in (17 years ago)


Entertainment is an American post-punk band founded in 2002 in Athens, Georgia.


  1. Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention. Although people's attention is held by different things, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment, most forms are recognisable and familiar. Storytelling, music, drama, dance, and different kinds of performance exist in all cultures, were supported in royal courts, developed into sophisticated forms and over time became available to all citizens. The process has been accelerated in modern times by an entertainment industry which records and sells entertainment products. Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience.
    • also known as تفنن, 엔터테인먼트, 娛樂
  2. Entertainment a.k.a. Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation is an industry.
  3. Entertainment is a TV spot.
  4. Entertainment is an award category.

Phrases with Entertainment

Phrases starting with the word Entertainment:

  1. entertainment center
  2. entertainment industry
  3. entertainment deduction

Phrases ending with the word Entertainment:

  1. Agri-Entertainment
  2. arabian nights' entertainment

Other phrases containing the word Entertainment:

  1. Military-entertainment complex
  2. travel and entertainment account

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Entertainment

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Google previewThe Definitive Guide to Entertainment Marketing (2013)

Bringing the Moguls, the Media, and the Magic to the World by Al Lieberman, Pat Esgate

But more and more, it will be marketing professionals who create those concepts because entertainment is a conduit all its...

Entertainment is the road to the subconscious, reaching the consumer while the consumer is happy, relaxed, alert, ...

Google previewThe Routledge Handbook of Tourism Research (2012)

by Cathy H.C. Hsu, William C Gartner

On the one hand studies can be directed at three levels of focus – where entertainment is an occasional or aug- mentative offering...

Google previewGlobal Television Formats (2013)

Understanding Television Across Borders by Tasha Oren, Sharon Shahaf

For clear pragmatic reasons, low-cost entertainment is an increasingly important part of the world media system. Facing harsh “economic realities”, commercial broadcasters “had every reason to rely upon the kind of programming that was ...

Google previewCognitive Media Theory (2014)

by Ted Nannicelli, Paul Taberham

the evolutionary origin of the comic The point of departure for understanding comic entertainment is the evolutionary development of ...

Google previewThe Taxpayers' Guide 2013 - 2014 (2013)

by Taxpayers Australia

The taxable value oftax-exempt body entertainment is the amount incurred by the employer and therefore disregards any employee contributions. The taxable value of such benefits is the GST-inclusive value. 24.961 What is a tax-exempt body ...

Google previewProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Green Communications and Networks 2012 (GCN 2012): (2013)

by Yuhang Yang, Maode Ma

Sports entertainment is a functional value orientation for the modern countries, it, take the person's overall develop— ment, promoting human health, to oneself health condition from higher happiness, leisure, “entertainment” not only fill 3 d ...

Google previewSocial Readers (2010)

Promoting Reading in the 21st Century by Leslie Preddy

Chapter 1 Entertainment Entertainment is the name of ...

Google previewThe Android Book

by Imagine Publishing

Entertainment is a word that speaks for itself. Any app that falls into this category should by rights keep your mind occupied for a given time, either a quick five minutes to help you overcome a morning bought of stress, or for several hours ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures (2003)

by George Haggerty, Bonnie Zimmerman

Recent research argues that gay-oriented performances have been a constant in American entertainment at least since the early nineteenth century. Evolved from minstrel shows and a gay subculture, female impersonation, a popular mode of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law (2006)

by Robert L. Maddex

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY The entertainment industry encompasses all types of live, broadcast, recorded, ...

Google previewThe MMA Encyclopedia (2010)

by Jonathan Snowden, Kendall Shields

Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG) was struggling before the Ultimate Fighting Championship became an overnight success in September 1993. The pay-per-view industry was still in its formative years, and SEG was among a handful of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of E-Commerce Development, Implementation, and Management (2016)

by Lee, In

entertainment, information, relaxation, surveillance, pastime and escape) and newer ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Media Violence (2013)

One-Volume Set by Matthew S. Eastin

Person-Based Explanations Although the answer to the question of why people consume violent entertainment may seem straight- forward (“because they like it”) , such preferences often result from specific personality characteristics.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Leisure and Outdoor Recreation (2004)

by John Jenkins, John Pigram

However, entertainment isa complex phenomenonfunctioningat differentlevelsandlayers, acrosscultures and overtime. Entertainmentisusually divorced from WORK andassociated with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mobile Computing and Commerce (2007)

by Taniar, David

Mobile entertainment is a newly emerging subset of mobile commerce.

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Small photo of Horizontal shot of an attractive young male bartender preparing a drink for a customer copyspace cocktail alcohol party celebration entertainment event festive occupation job career professionalismSmall photo of Men Entertain in Modern Living Room, Male Zapping the Remote Control Switch Entertainment TV Channels while Sitting on Home SofaSmall photo of Emotional adult male entertainer, actor or pop-singer wearing white shirt, stylish hat and sunglasses, holding wireless microphone, speaking or singing in studio. Show, entertainment and performanceSmall photo of Sozopol, Bulgaria - September 11, 2016: Street musician playing music on an acoustic guitar for the entertainment of tourists in street cafeSmall photo of Entertainment carousel wheel and blue sky.Festival and amusement concept.Small photo of Blurred people dancing and having fun in summer festival party outdoor - Crowd with hands up celebrating fest concert event - Defocused image - Youth,fest,event,music, and entertainment concept More...

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Quotes about Entertainment

Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television. (Rita Mae Brown)
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Scrabble value of E1N1T1E1R1T1A1I1N1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 13-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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