What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment, or entertainment, is a genre of media that consists of a broad range of artistic forms created to amuse, thrill and excite. These include movies, sports, television shows and theatrical plays.

Where Did the Word “Entertainment” Come From?

A common suffix in Latin, used to form nouns of result or product (amazement, betterment, merriment). In French it is inserted between the stem and its root (as commenc-e-ment from commencer), while in English it is inserted before verb stems that take -ir (as in send-i-ment from sentir).

Its origin is a combination of the prefix inter, meaning “among” or “inside,” and the suffix tenere, derived from the Indo-European root ten, which means to stretch. It first appeared in English in the late 15th century.