a source of diversion and amusement: The daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many people.

Entertainment has a broad range of definitions, from the traditional sense of fun and amusement to a more profound or serious purpose, such as in forms of ceremony, celebration, religious festival, satire, or even war. Its forms can be adapted to any scale or medium, from the private entertainment of an individual in a restaurant, to dinner parties with appropriate music and dancing, to performances for thousands, and now to global television broadcasts. For example, the ancient story of Scheherazade from Persian professional storytelling has inspired musical compositions by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, a film adaptation, and an innovative video game.