Something that occupies the mind or amuses it, such as a crossword puzzle. Also a performance of some kind, such as a play or a concert.
From the Middle English entretenement, from entente, an agreeable occupation for the mind or diversion: From the Latin intertenere, from the Indo-European root ten, meaning “to hold inside.”

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