The word entertainment is derived from the Latin intertenere (to hold inside). Its prefix, inter, suggests holding something in and its suffix, tenere, refers to stretching or holding something.
From the beginning, entertainment has been linked to amusement. Many forms of entertainment evoke humor and fun, although they may also be serious, as in the case of ceremonial celebrations, religious festivals, satire and more.
According to Oliver and Barstsch (2010), entertainment is characterized by six elements: it can be understood objectively, involves communication between text and audience, offers pleasure, requires an audience, and occurs in a passive form.