Definition for entertaining (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of entertain
Examples from the Web for entertaining
The first, while entertaining, is the less revelatory of the two.
In the end, his account is an entertaining reminder that sometimes, the truth really is better than fiction.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hosts are vetted carefully, both for their cooking and entertaining skills.
Bop had produced self-conscious artists who refused to bow to conventional assumptions of what was entertaining.
So she has chosen the path as her literary heroes, Charles Dickens and George Orwell: the entertaining but didactic novel.
However, if the art of entertaining makes hostesses, hostesses must make the art of entertaining.The Art of Entertaining|M. E. W. Sherwood
The author was the most delightful and entertaining of literary men of our time, Mr. James Payn.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Harry Furniss
We forgive them for entertaining such notions, but forbid their practice.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete|Ulysses S. Grant
This rule does not hold true when one of the guests is infirm, or when the hostess is entertaining a very distinguished visitor.Book of Etiquette|Lillian Eichler
I feel like crying, as a bad boy over his broken playthings, and I could box my own ears for entertaining such a desire.Goethe and Schiller|L. Mhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for entertaining (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for entertaining (2 of 2)
Word Origin for entertain
Word Origin and History for entertaining
late 15c., "to keep up, maintain, to keep (someone) in a certain frame of mind," from Middle French entretenir (12c.), from Old French entretenir "hold together, stick together, support," from entre- "among" (from Latin inter; see inter-) + tenir "to hold" (from Latin tenere; see tenet).
Sense of "have a guest" is late 15c.; that of "amuse" is 1620s. Meaning "to allow (something) to consideration" (of opinions, notions, etc.) is 1610s. Related: Entertained; entertaining.