What Is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment encompasses a wide range of activities and is not a one-size-fits-all concept. Its forms vary from individual to societal, and may include anything from reading a gripping novel to a thrilling movie, a fun restaurant outing to a live music performance or a cerebral activity like puzzles or strategy video games. Entertainment may evoke emotions like joy, suspense, or even sadness, and can be both playful and cathartic. It can also be social, whether through team sports or multiplayer video games, or private and intimate, as in a romantic comedy.

Article by: Emily S. Lee

Updated: December 19, 2017
This article is part of our Arts & Culture series.