2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Entertainment \En'ter*tain"ment\, noun [Cf. OF. entretenement.]

1. The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general.

The entertainment of Christ by faith. --Baxter.

The sincere entertainment and practice of the precepts of the gospel. --Bp. Sprat.

2. That which entertains, or with which one is entertained; as: (a) Hospitality; hospitable provision for the wants of a guest; especially, provision for the table; a hospitable repast; a feast; a formal or elegant meal. (b) That which engages the attention agreeably, amuses or diverts, whether in private, as by conversation, etc., or in public, by performances of some kind; amusement.

Theatrical entertainments conducted with greater elegance and refinement. --Prescott.

3. Admission into service; service.

Some band of strangers in the adversary's entertainment. --Shak.

4. Payment of soldiers or servants; wages. [Obs.]

The entertainment of the general upon his first arrival was but six shillings and eight pence. --Sir J. Davies.

Syn: Amusement; diversion; recreation; pastime; sport; feast; banquet; repast; carousal.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention [syn: {entertainment}, {amusement}]

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