Entertain vs Magician - What's the difference?

entertain | magician |

As nouns the difference between entertain and magician

is that entertain is (obsolete) ; pleasure while magician is a person who plays with or practices allegedly supernatural magic.

As a verb entertain

is to amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.




(en verb)
  • To amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.
  • to entertain friends with lively conversation
    The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.
  • (transitive, and, intransitive) To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
  • They enjoy entertaining a lot.
  • * Bible, Heb. xiii. 2
  • Be not forgetful to entertain strangers
  • To receive and take into consideration; to have a thought in mind.
  • The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.
    to entertain a proposal
  • * De Quincey
  • I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke.
  • * Hawthorne
  • A rumour gained ground, — and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people.
  • (obsolete) To take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbour; to keep.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.
  • (obsolete) To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • to baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services and institutions of the holy Jesus

    Derived terms

    * entertainer * entertaining * entertainment


  • (obsolete) ; pleasure.
  • (obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.8:
  • But neede, that answers not to all requests, / Bad them not looke for better entertayne […].




    Alternative forms

    * magitian (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • A person who plays with or practices allegedly supernatural magic.
  • A spiritualist or practitioner of mystic arts (often derogatory).
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=The truth is that [Isaac] Newton was very much a product of his time. The colossus of science was not the first king of reason, Keynes wrote after reading Newton’s unpublished manuscripts. Instead “he was the last of the magicians ”.}}
  • A performer of tricks or an escapologist.
  • An amazingly talented craftsman or scientist.
  • A person who astounds, is an enigma.
  • Synonyms

    * (practitioner of allegedly supernatural magic) sorcerer, thaumaturge, wizard, warlock, witch, magic user * (spiritualist or practitioner of mystic arts) spiritualist, mystic, witch doctor * (performer of tricks) wizard, trickster, stage magician * (talented craftsman or scientist) whizz, whiz, wiz, wizard * phenomenon * See also