What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a term for something enjoyable. The things that entertain people vary, but they often involve visuals or sounds and can be used to relieve boredom or distress. People sometimes seek entertainment to escape the reality of their daily lives, and it has been found that some forms of popular culture can have a positive effect on mood.

The suffix -ment is a common one that formed nouns from verb stems (amazement, betterment, merriment) and also with Latin -mentum, which was added to verbal roots to form nouns of action (eg, commence-ment, improve-ment). It replaced the old English –ent- in nouns derived from the verbs entrer and tenir (eg, gratification, amusement).

Many forms of entertainment are socially acceptable and provide a sense of enjoyment to the audience. However, some may offend or be deemed inappropriate for certain groups of people.