1. The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general.
The entertainment of Christ by faith. --Baxter.
The sincere entertainment and practice of the precepts of the gospel. --Bp. Sprat.
2. That which entertains, or with which one is entertained; as: (a) Hospitality; hospitable provision for the wants of a guest; especially, provision for the table; a hospitable repast; a feast; a formal or elegant meal. (b) That which engages the attention agreeably, amuses or diverts, whether in private, as by conversation, etc., or in public, by performances of some kind; amusement.
Theatrical entertainments conducted with greater elegance and refinement. --Prescott.
3. Admission into service; service.
Some band of strangers in the adversary's entertainment. --Shak.
4. Payment of soldiers or servants; wages. [Obs.]
The entertainment of the general upon his first arrival was but six shillings and eight pence. --Sir J. Davies.
Syn: -- Amusement; diversion; recreation; pastime; sport; feast; banquet; repast; carousal.
n : a diversion that holds the attention [syn: amusement]