Entertaiment, derived from the French word for “to entertain,” can mean anything that gives you pleasure and distracts you from your everyday worries. From the clown at your child’s birthday party to the Broadway show or stadium rock concert, entertainment comes in a myriad of forms.
It’s common to see the word abbreviated to entmt. on industry fliers and in news publications where space is limited. It’s also often used to describe a genre like a music, film or video game. For example, the story of Scheherazade from the Persian professional storytelling tradition has inspired a number of orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski; a film by Pasolini and an innovative video game.