A pleasing or agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: solving a crossword puzzle. Entertainment also includes any performance, whether a play, movie, television show, or other event intended for public consumption. It may be a celebration, religious festival, or satire for example. The notion is largely a product of cultural evolution and the capacity for media remix which means that what one culture considers entertaining can be viewed as work or cruelty by another. Oliver and Barstsch (2010) suggest that entertainment is understood objectively, involves communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires a passive audience, and takes place in a mediated form.
A common suffix of Latin origin forming nouns from verb stems (as amazement, betterment, merriment). Also used in English with -i- after verbs in -er, -i-ment before ones in -ar, and -e- before ir stems.