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entertainment : something diverting or engaging Webster

blank.giffun : what provides amusement or enjoyment Webster

blank.gifrecreation : (1) refreshment of strength and spirits (2) a means of diversion Webster

blank.gifdiversion : something that amuses : pastime Webster

blank.gifleisure : freedom provided by cessation of activities; time free from work Webster

blank.gifenjoyment : something that gives keen satisfaction Webster

blank.gifplay : recreational activity ; especially spontaneous activity of children Webster
Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention. Although people's attention is held by different things, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment, most forms are familiar. Storytelling, music, drama, dance, and different kinds of performance exist in all cultures, were supported in royal courts, developed into sophisticated forms and over time became available to all citizens. The process has been accelerated in modern times by an entertainment industry which records and sells entertainment products. Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience.

The experience of being entertained has come to be strongly associated with amusement, so that one common understanding of the idea is fun and laughter, although many entertainments have a serious purpose. This may be the case in the various forms of ceremony, celebration, religious festival, or satire for example. Hence, there is the possibility that what appears as entertainment may also be a means of achieving insight or intellectual growth.

An important aspect of entertainment is the audience, which turns a private recreation or leisure activity into entertainment. The audience may have a passive role, as in the case of persons watching a play, opera, television show, or film; or the audience role may be active, as in the case of games, where the participant/audience roles may be routinely reversed. Entertainment can be public or private, involving formal, scripted performance, as in the case of theatre or concerts; or unscripted and spontaneous, as in the case of children's games. Most forms of entertainment have persisted over many centuries, evolving due to changes in culture, technology, and fashion. Films and video games, for example, although they use newer media, continue to tell stories, present drama, and play music. (Entertainment, 2015) [1] Wikipedia


humor | toy | hobby | game | competition | adventure | spectacle

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blank.gif That's Entertainment - Classic film montage

blank.gif Michael Bublé - "Everything" That's Entertainment, Today...


Howcast Arts & Recreation (Youtube Channel)
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Fun portal (Wikipedia)

OneLook Merriam-Webster Free Wiktionary Visuwords


Wikipedia New World Encyclopedia

Outline of fun (Wikipedia)

Specific Entertainment and Leisure (Internet Public Library)
BUBL LINK Dewey 790 Recreational & Performing arts
Free Internet Public Library dmoz Commercial Best of the Web

DuckDuckGo WolframAlpha

shop Target Amazon eBay gift Zazzle

History of Entertainment and Leisure (Internet Public Library)

Internet Archive

Library of Congress

WorldCat (OAIster) Library of Congress UPenn Online Books Open Library Hathi Trust

ISBNdb Google Books eBooks.com

Open Education Consortium

Quotations Page Bartlett’s


Entertainment and Leisure News Sources (Internet Public Library)
Popular Science - Entertainment & Gaming NPR Archives Google News

Google Scholar

U.S. Government's recreation web site USA.gov

Amazon Toys



Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You

How'd that happen, again? Justin Bieber & Tom Hanks
Are In Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Music Video (MTV)

Back story alert! Tom Hanks Reveals How He Landed a
Role in Carly Rae Jepsen’s Music Video – and 'It’s Amazing'

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Epic First Meeting With Tom Hanks:
Spoiler alert -- it involved, wait for it.. Tom's wife and hummingbirds!

Even though by now this is a "classic," it still wins hands down, don't you think?

Carly Rae Jepsen Enlists Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber for New Video (Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone)
Tom Hanks is on Tinder, jokes about being pregnant, and dances with Justin Bieber in Carly Rae Jepsen's music video I Really Like You (Kayla Caldwell, MailOnline)

Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen & The Roots Sing "Call Me Maybe"


Best moments from the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Tina Fey's LastDressEver - David Letterman

Jimmy Fallon Thanks David Letterman

Watch Jimmy Fallon's tribute to David Letterman (CBS)

How David Letterman blew up late-night TV (Neal Gabler, Reuters)

Top 10 ways David Letterman will end his historic late-night run (Chris Chase, USA Today)

David Letterman retires: the top 10 list of top 10 lists about The Late Show (Brian Moylan, The Guardian)

CBS Celebrates David Letterman's Legendary Career In Television (CBS)

Late Show with David Letterman, Videos (YouTube)

David Letterman (Wikipedia)


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Entertainment & Gaming
Entertainment – TIME
Entertainment News - UPI.com
AP Top News at 12:34 p.m. EDT
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  • Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's tax plan leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan....
  • US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago....

Reuters: Entertainment News
Entertainment - Google News
  • AP Top Entertainment News at 12:09 pm EDT - ABC News Today 8:23 am
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  • Details emerge on Megyn Kelly's upcoming NBC show - AOL Today 7:35 am
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    VarietyHBO, Zee Entertainment Take 'The Good Fight' to Nordic Region, IndiaVarietyIndia's Zee Entertainment Enterprises also took exclusive pay-TV rights to the “The Good Fight” for its English-language general entertainment channel Zee Café, which was also the Indian home of “The Good Wife.” An air date has yet to be announced.and more »
  • Residential housing, art coming to downtown Reno after land sale and donation - KRNV My News 4 Yesterday
    KRNV My News 4Residential housing, art coming to downtown Reno after land sale and donationKRNV My News 4(News 4 & Fox 11) — Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. and the Reno Housing Authority have agreed to terms for Jacobs Entertainment to purchase two parcels of land owned by the Authority for $1 million and donate $1.5 million in affordable housing inventory ...and more »
  • Jeff Probst on one of his favorite Survivor moments ever - EW.com (blog) Yesterday
    EW.com (blog)Jeff Probst on one of his favorite Survivor moments everEW.com (blog)ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You've been around Cirie for four seasons now. Give us on your on-the-scene take about what went down when she was struggling to get on the platform in the reward challenge, and then what happened after the challenge was ...and more »


Editor Mary E. Hopper
Contributor Neil R. Carlson

© Cosma creator mehopper editor mehopper revised 12/19/2016 v.1.5

  1. ^ Entertainment. (2015). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entertainment