The fall issue of T E News begins with an article on Entertaiment, a subject that is complex and voluminous. The word derives from the Latin inter tenere, which means “hold inside.” To hold someone’s attention or interest takes a lot of effort. It is no wonder that this activity has evolved into a huge industry.

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word ‘Entertainment.’ They do not represent the opinions of Merriam-Webster or its editors.

– Singing can be honest and pleasurable entertainment, but one must not entertain people by singing lewd songs. – The man whose job is to amuse people at a show is an entertainer.

– The book is intended for children, but it also entertains grown-ups.