A kind of amusement, often involving a performance. Entertaiment comes from the French word entretenir, meaning “to hold together,” and is associated with hospitality—you entertain people when you give them a meal or welcome them to your home. It can include all kinds of activities, from watching a clown at a party to listening to your favorite band play a concert in the stadium. Entertainment is important for children, who learn from it and develop skills that will help them grow up to be adults, such as social interaction and motor skills needed for sports and music. It’s also a good way for friends and families to spend time together, since they’ll have something to do that won’t require too much energy or effort.