Entertaiment is a word whose meaning is closely linked to the idea of amusement. It can be a pleasure, diversion or amusement for the mind (such as solving a crossword puzzle). Or it may involve a’show’ of one kind or another; it could be an event that is organised for a particular group (such as a wedding or birthday); it might involve play that helps children develop social and motor skills; it could even be part of a religious festival or a political satire.

Often abbreviated as entmt. on fliers or in industry news publications when space is limited.

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