Entertainment is anything that provides pleasure or amusement, although some forms of entertainment may also have a serious purpose. Entertainment can take the form of amusement in a restaurant, or at home from a wide range of pre-recorded products; or it may be elaborately staged for a banquet for two, or for a mass audience. Entertainment evolves to suit the needs of the time, and it often crosses different media. The word has a rich and varied history, extending back to the Latin intertenere, from the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch.
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