• WordNet 3.6
    • n entertainment an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Barney, the famous dinosaur that entertains kids is from Dallas
    • Entertainment Admission into service; service. "Some band of strangers in the adversary's entertainment ."
    • Entertainment Hospitality; hospitable provision for the wants of a guest; especially, provision for the table; a hospitable repast; a feast; a formal or elegant meal.
    • Entertainment Payment of soldiers or servants; wages. "The entertainment of the general upon his first arrival was but six shillings and eight pence."
    • Entertainment That which engages the attention agreeably, amuses or diverts, whether in private, as by conversation, etc., or in public, by performances of some kind; amusement.
    • Entertainment That which entertains, or with which one is entertained;
    • Entertainment The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general. "The entertainment of Christ by faith.""The sincere entertainment and practice of the precepts of the gospel."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The American Airlines Sports Center, in Dallas, has most toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the USA
    • n entertainment The act of furnishing accommodation, refreshment, good cheer, or diversion; that which entertains, or the act of entertaining, as by hospitality, agreeable attentions, or amusement. Specifically— Hospitable treatment, accommodation, or provision for the physical wants, as of guests, with or without pay: as, a house of entertainment for travelers.
    • n entertainment An exhibition or a performance which affords instruction or amusement; the act of providing gratification or diversion: as, the entertainment of friends with a supper and dance; a musical or dramatic entertainment.
    • n entertainment Maintenance; support; physical or mental provision; means of maintenance, or the state of being supported, as in service, under suffering, etc.
    • n entertainment Mental enjoyment; instruction or amusement afforded by anything seen or heard, as a spectacle, a play, conversation or story, music or recitation.
    • n entertainment Reception; treatment.
    • n entertainment A holding or harboring in the mind; a taking into consideration: as, the entertainment of extravagant notions; the entertainment of a proposal.
    • n entertainment Synonyms and Diversion, Recreation, etc. See pastime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mary Hart, the co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, has each of her legs insured for one million dollars
    • n Entertainment act of entertaining: hospitality at table: that which entertains: the provisions of the table: a banquet: amusement: a performance which delights
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  • Bible
    “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. [Hebrews 13:2]”
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Don't just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.”
  • Tom Ogden
    Tom Ogden
    “Once I have heard the story or joke used twice by other speakers or entertainer, I avoid it.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.”
  • David Frost
    David Frost
    “Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your Living room by people you wouldn't have in your house.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. entretenement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. entretenir—L. inter, among, tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

How they entertain Strangers, And Kindred.
"An Historical Relation Of The Island Ceylon In The East Indies" by Robert Knox
A grand Haiva, or Entertainment of Songs and Dances, given by Mareewagee.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Not for an instant did she entertain the idea of being false to Lewis.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
But we did not give him time; we plied him with questions and for the next hour he entertained us pleasantly with stories of his wanderings.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
She can be very entertaining too, as she speaks without scruple of her stage life.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
The origin of many erroneous conceptions of the divinity may be found in the persons who entertain them.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
Next follow those he entertains on that of peace.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Still attempts were occasionally made to establish additional places of entertainment.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
Horace Greeley, Lucy Stone and herself were entertained by Mrs. Stanton.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
While in Taladega I was entertained and well entertained, at the house of one of our new citizens.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still

In poetry:

The castle named Montgomery
Ends that day's journeying;
The castle's lord, Montgomery,
Must entertain the king.
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany
Lift up your heads, eternal gates!
Unfold, to entertain
The King of glory; see!
He comes, with His celestial train.
"Lift up your heads, eternal gates!" by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Where fictitious tragic woe
Entertains the gaudy ring,
Each the horror can forego,
And instant mental comfort bring.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Awake, awake, my tuneful powers;
With this delightful song
I'll entertain the darkest hours,
Nor think the season long.
"Psalm 71 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Lift up your heads, ye gates! unfold
In state to entertain
The King of glory; see! He comes
With all His shining train.
"Lift up your heads, eternal gates!" by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Nor anie one doth care to call vs in,
Or once vouchsafeth vs to entertaine,
Vnlesse some one perhaps of gentle kin,
For pitties sake compassion our paine:
And yeeld vs some reliefe in this distresse:
Yet to be so relieu'd is wretchednesse.
"The Teares of the Muses" by Edmund Spenser

In news:

My 17 months grandson love to day and entertain.
The great arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, and tasty food Hillbilly Days brings to Lafayette is enough to get all of us hopping on down to Key Park.
Harlie Chaplin, the poignant little tramp with the cane and comic walk who almost single-handedly elevated the novelty entertainment medium of motion pictures into art, died peacefully yesterday at his home in Switzerland.
Dane Bailey, "The Singing Auctioneer ," to entertain at Ayersville United Methodist Church's annual Barnyard Barbecue.
Audible .com, the provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, is introducing a line of audio performances by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
A group of historians dressed in two layers of wool will be braving the heat to help educate and entertain in Knoxville Saturday.
Fireworks and chances to win cash begin an evening of dance, song and entertainment at almost a dozen downtown locations.
Fans of KingsIsle Entertainment's family-friendly online adventure game Wizard101 will get their chance to play the game's follow-up title faster than you can keelhaul a scurvy sea dog.
JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer Published: February 23, 2012 4:54PM.
It was prom night on last night's episode of Glee, with New Directions rising to the occasion when the dance's entertainment pulled out at the last minute.
With an election season like this, who needs entertainment.
Dining & Entertainment, Colorado Springs, CO. 2417 West Colorado Avenue.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises, India's largest media and entertainment company, has appointed Bhaskar Das as chief exec of its digital and news businesses.
Los Angeles-based Fuse Entertainment, the company behind TV series including "The Killing," "Burn Notice" and "The Good Guys," is embracing its Scandinavian roots and changing its name to Fabrik Entertainment from Monday.
ITV Global Entertainment has launched its general entertainment channel for Asia, Granada TV, on the SingTel mio TV platform in Singapore.

In science:

Workers on scalar mesons entertain the hope that, after the revelations about the vacuum structure of QCD confirmed by the broken chiral symmetric treatment of the pseudoscalars, an understanding of the next layer of the ”strong interaction onion” will be provided by studying the light scalars.
Study of Scalar Mesons and Related Radiative Decays
Mark Buchanan’s Nexus gives an entertaining portrait of the field from the point of view of a science journalist.
The structure and function of complex networks
The gain in simplicity so obtained can be the decisive difference between a calculation’s being feasible rather than being too difficult to entertain.
Quantum Gravity in Everyday Life: General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory
Einstein now entertained the possibility that on a microscopic level all matter might be of electromagnetic origin.
Albert Einstein's 1916 Review Article on General Relativity
If you fill uneasy about this energy-momentum nonconservation, here is the same story in more entertaining incarnation .
Zeno meets modern science