Entertaiment is a broad term that can include anything from a clown at a children’s party to a stadium rock concert. It can be playful or serious, though many entertainments have a specific purpose, such as education or social interaction. It can also be used to convey a message, such as that of a political movement or a religious festival. The word entertain comes from the Medieval Latin inter tenere, which means “to hold inside.” It is a derivative of the Indo-European root ten, which means to stretch.

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