Entertaiment – Uses and Origins of the Word Entertaiment


Throughout history, entertainment has been both a primary need and a source of amusement for the public. Its familiar forms have a seemingly infinite potential for creative remix, and have proven to be resilient against changes in taste and fashion. These examples have been programmatically selected from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word ‘entertainment’ and do not necessarily reflect the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Click on a collocation to see more examples.
From French entretenement, from Latin inter-tenere, to hold inside. The prefix inter means “inside” and the suffix tenere suggests a stretching or holding back.