Entertaining is a broad term that covers anything that a person or group does for fun, amusement, or pleasure. It can be as simple as a person watching television or listening to music for entertainment, and it can be adapted to any scale: from individual choice to banquets suited for two; to various styles of ceremony, party, religious festival, or non secular pageant; and to performances intended for thousands or even the entire world. Entertainment has become strongly associated with leisure, so one not unusual understanding of the idea is fun and laughter, though many entertainments have a serious purpose, such as gaining perception or highbrow growth.
Late 15c., “to maintain, support,” from entre- “among” + tenir “to hold” (see entertain). A common suffix of French origin forming nouns from verb stems (amazement, betterment, merriment). Compare enjoyment.