- the act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many.
- something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, especially a performance of some kind: The highlight of the ball was an elaborate entertainment.
- hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests.
- a divertingly adventurous, comic, or picaresque novel.
- Obsolete. maintenance in service.
Origin of entertainment
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Examples from the Web for self-entertainment
Historical Examples of self-entertainment
Her self-possession, her capacity for self-entertainment, the care she took not to arouse the others, all impressed him very much.The Damnation of Theron Ware
- the act or art of entertaining or state of being entertained
- an act, production, etc, that entertains; diversion; amusement
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