Entertainment consists of any activity which provides a diversion or permits people to amuse themselves in their leisure time. Entertainment is generally passive, such as watching opera or a movie. Active forms of amusement, such as sports, are more often considered to be recreation. Activities such as personal reading or practicing a musical instrument are considered to be hobbies.
Entertainment may also provide fun, enjoyment and laughter. The industry that provides entertainment is called the entertainment industry. There are many forms of entertainment for example: cinema, theatre, sports, games and social dance. Puppets, clowns, pantomimes and cartoons tend to appeal to children, though many adults may also find them enjoyable.
A major criticism of entertainment is that it diverts people's time and money away from activities that are considered meaningful (volunteering, studying etc.) For example, watching movies and reading fiction are considered by many to be a waste of time.
Forms of entertainment
Cinema and theater
Many people find cinema /or theater and other live performance such as circus, plays, musicals, farces, monologues and pantomimes to be entertaining.
Comedy provides laughter and amusement. The audience is taken by surprise, by the parody or satire of an unexpected effect or an opposite expectations of their cultural beliefs. Slapstick film, one-liner joke, observational humor are forms of comedy which have developed since the early days of jesters and traveling minstrels.
Comics contain text and drawings which convey an entertaining narrative. Several famous comics revolve around super heroes such as Superman and Batman. Marvel Comics and DC Comics are two publishers of comic books. Manga is the Japanese word for comic and print cartoons.
Caricature is a graphical entertainment. The purpose may vary from merely putting smile on the viewers face, to raising social awareness, to highlighting the moral vices of a person being caricatured.
Dance and music
Many people find involvement in social dance to be entertaining. Many people listen to or watch musical entertainment.
Games provide relaxation and diversion. Games may be played by one person for their own entertainment, or by a group of people. Games may be played for achievement or money such as gambling or bingo. Racing, chess or checkers may develop physical or mental prowess. Games may be geared for children, or may be played outdoors such as lawn bowling. Equipment may be necessary to play the game such as a deck of cards for card games, or a board and markers for board games such as Monopoly, or backgammon. This can include ball games, Blind man's bluff, board games, card games, children's games, croquet, Frisbee, hide and seek, number games, paintball and video games.
Other forms of entertainment
- ^ "Entertainment". Dictionary.com. Lexi-co Publishing Group. 2007. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
- ^ [www.hdmoviesdatabase.com "Cartoon - Definitions from Dictionary.com"]. Lexi-co Publishing Group, LLC.. 2010. www.hdmoviesdatabase.com. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
- ^ "Comedy". From: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. High Beam Research, Inc.. 2007.
- ^ "Comic strip". Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.. 2007. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9106123/comic-strip. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
- ^ "Games - MSN Encarta". Microsoft. 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. http://www.webcitation.org/5kwbpT4dT. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Entertainment! — Studio album by Gang of Four Released September 1979 … Wikipedia
Entertainment — En ter*tain ment, n. [Cf. OF. entretenement.] 1. The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general. [1913 Webster] The entertainment of Christ by faith. Baxter.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
entertainment — noun Date: 15th century 1. the act of entertaining 2. a. archaic maintenance, provision b. obsolete employment 3. a. amusement or diversion provided especially by performers < hired a band to provide entertainment … New Collegiate Dictionary
Entertainment law — or media law is a term for a mix of more traditional categories of law with a focus on providing legal services to the entertainment industry. The principal areas of Entertainment Law overlap substantially with the well known and conventional… … Wikipedia
Entertainment technology — is the discipline of using manufactured or created components to enhance or make possible any sort of entertainment experience. Because entertainment categories are so broad, and because entertainment models the world in many ways, the types of… … Wikipedia
Entertainment Rights — Plc is a global media company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its main role is in the growth of children and family television programming. [ [http://www.entertainmentrights.com/corporate/ Entertainment Rights Corporate ] ] The group was… … Wikipedia
Entertainment Expo Hong Kong — is an event held by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The following are part of the Entertainment Expo HK: *Hong Kong International Film TV Market (FILMART) *Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) *Hong Kong Digital Entertainment… … Wikipedia
Entertainment Tonight UK — (usually presented on screen as simply Entertainment Tonight ) is a British version of Paramount s Entertainment Tonight celebrity news show. The British show is fronted by Amanda Byram and launched in January 2005 on pay TV channel Sky One,… … Wikipedia
Entertainment tax — is a tax on entertainment. In India, movie tickets, large commercial shows and large private festival celebrations attract entertainment tax … Wikipedia
Entertainment Building — (Chinese: 娛樂行) is a building at Queen s Road Central between the two junctions with Wyndham Street and D Aguilar Street in Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The neo gothic architecture and height of the building make it distinctive amongst… … Wikipedia