Entertaiment is an activity or form of entertainment that provides pleasure and enjoyment. Some examples include watching films or television, listening to music, playing musical instruments, reading novels, short stories or poetry, playing video games and participating in sports. Other forms of entertainment may involve attending live performances such as theater, dance or comedy shows, and creating or appreciating visual art. The word entertain is derived from the medieval Latin intertenere, combining the prefix inter, meaning “inside,” with the suffix tenere, from the Indo-European root ten, meaning to hold or stretch.
Some forms of entertainment have demonstrated the ability to cross over different media and have a seemingly unlimited potential for creative remix. This has ensured the longevity and persistence of many familiar themes, images and structures.