Anything affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement; an agreeable occupation for the mind: a crossword puzzle; a play. Also used for hospitable provision for the wants and needs of guests, such as a banquet or ball. Entertainment can be adapted to any scale: from an individual who chooses entertainment from the now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a couple who enjoy a private performance in their home; to a party in any size; and to performances intended for thousands, and even global audiences. From Middle French entretenement, from the prefix inter-, combining with tenere, derived from the Indo-European root ten, to hold. See also entertainment news, entertainer, entertaining, and entrainment.