- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
Word Origin and History for self-entertainment
1530s, "provision for support of a retainer; manner of social behavior," now obsolete, along with other 16c. senses; from entertain + -ment. Meaning "the amusement of someone" is from 1610s; "that which entertains" is from 1650s; "public performance or display meant to amuse" is from 1727.