An agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: The daily crossword is an entertainment for many people. Something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement: The performance was the entertainment of the evening.
Entertaiment is central to children’s development. It provides them with ways to mimic adult activities, such as seeing performances or interacting with pets; helps them learn social skills through playing with dolls and group games; and develops the motor skills needed for sports, music, and art. One of the most famous examples of this is the story of Scheherazade, from Persian professional storytelling tradition, which was so compelling that it inspired orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, a film by Pasolini, and an innovative video game.