Entertaiment means fun and laughter, although many entertainments have a serious purpose such as ceremonial rites, religious festivals or satire. Entertainment can be on any scale, from a personal selection of pre-recorded entertainment for one; a meal for two; a banquet for a large group; to performances that involve thousands or even a global audience. Entertainment is also important for children, preparing them for adult responsibilities such as child rearing or social interaction (1,2).
You may see the word entertainment abbreviated to entmt on fliers or in industry news publications where space is limited.
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