Entertainment is an activity that can provide pleasure, diversion and amusement. It may involve a performance or some form of art, such as theatre, dance or music. It can also be something that provides an agreeable occupation for the mind, such as solving a crossword puzzle or engaging in hobbies like gardening or playing a game of sport. It can also be a way to socialize with others, such as attending parties or going to concerts. Entertainment is sometimes abbreviated to entmt on fliers or in industry news publications where space is limited.
Bates and Ferri (2010) define entertainment as an activity that is understood objectively, consists of communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience and occurs in passivity.