A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, or your friends fighting over the last potato chip are all forms of entertainment. From the Old French entretenir, it was originally associated with hospitality-keeping guests happy and distracted-but now we generally use it to mean amusement, especially with a performance element. It encompasses all kinds of activity, from watching movies and television to reading books and poetry; from playing video games to creating or appreciating visual art; from eating food to attending dance or theater performances.

A person who is well-known in fashionable society and fond of social activities and entertainment is a socialite. People in this category often attend upscale events such as fashion shows and galas. Their clothes and jewelry are usually very expensive.