A multifaceted universe of art forms, games, sports, music, and literature, entertainment offers a wide range of emotional responses from joy to suspense. It can also be intellectually stimulating, from the gratifying thrill of solving a puzzle to the cerebral engagement of playing a strategy video game. Entertaiment can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from varying backgrounds. For example, a child might find cartoons or playgrounds entertaining while an adult might prefer a concert, a drama, or a novel.
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The word entertaiment is derived from the Latin intertenere, meaning “to hold inside” or, more generally, to keep inside.