a pleasant or agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: playing a game of golf is an entertainment for many people.

a place for concerts, general entertainment, and other activities.

Entertainment is defined as any consumer activity that involves an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience and occurs in a passive form. It is a powerful cultural force that can cross over into different media: for example, the Scheherazade story from Persian professional storytelling tradition was later turned into an orchestral work by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel; a film by Pasolini; and a game by Nintendo.

Article by Dr Sue Blackwell, University of Glasgow

The term ‘entertainment’ is used in a wide variety of contexts: it can refer to performances (eg theatrical, musical), games, leisure activities and sports, or it can be more abstract, such as an idea or concept.