(?), n. [Cf. OF. entretenement.] 1. The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general.
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The entertainment of Christ by faith.
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The sincere entertainment and practice of the precepts of the gospel.
Bp. Sprat.
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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.
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Theatrical entertainments conducted with greater elegance and refinement.
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3. Admission into service; service.
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Some band of strangers in the adversary's entertainment.
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4. Payment of soldiers or servants; wages. [Obs.]
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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.
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