What Is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is a huge subject that encompasses the whole of popular culture. The range of forms that it takes is astounding, from classics such as Shakespeare to the latest crazes in social media and new technology. Some of these forms have become so familiar that they may seem almost mundane. But the enduring appeal of entertainment is that it can provide pleasure, amusement, or even education to people from all walks of life. These examples are programmatically compiled from corpora and online sources to illustrate current usage of the word ‘entertainment.’ They do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors.