Entertaiment is a wide-ranging category of works that provides relaxation, joy, and emotional upliftment. It is also a source of intellectual stimulation and can range from simple diversion to catharsis and cerebral engagement. It is a field that stretches across all types of media and can be adapted to any scale—from a single person who chooses a particular entertainment from a vast array of pre-recorded options; to a family dinner with appropriate music and dance; to a cultural festival or religious holiday that draws thousands. Click on the buttons below to see examples of Entertaiment in context.
This article was originally published in August 2015. It was updated in January 2022.