A show put on for the enjoyment of others.
From Middle English entertaiment, from Old French entretenement; see entertain.
Bates and Ferri (2010) define entertainment as an activity that is understood objectively, communicates between text and audience from an external stimulus, off ers pleasure, requires an audience to exist and happens in a passive form. The resulting defi nitions, centr ated on nocoes of production, experience, cultura and comunicacao, apontam for more solid discussions about the nature of entertainment. Moreover, they help construct more solid research and theory in the field of entertainment studies.