What is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is a broad category of recreational activity, such as art, music, sports, games, and amusements. It can range from a clown at a child’s birthday party to a stadium rock concert. Entertainment helps people relieve stress, boost self-esteem and confidence, learn about themselves and others, and improve communication skills. It is also an effective way for businesses to attract attention to themselves or promote a product or service. The stories of Scheherazade, for example, have been told as an orchestral piece by composers like Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, in films such as the Shahnameh, and in innovative video games. The word entertainment comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, from the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere meaning to hold.