Entertaiment is a general term for entertainment, which may be anything from a personal choice of a private entertainment product to a public performance. It has the power to cross many media, and familiar forms have a remarkable ability to resurface in different times, cultures and situations. It is often associated with amusement, although some entertainments have a serious purpose. For example, ceremonies, celebrations, religious festivals and satire all entertain as well as amuse.

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From Middle French entretenement, from Latin intertenere, from the prefix inter- and suffix tenere.