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[plez-uh ns] /ˈplɛz əns/
a place laid out as a pleasure garden or promenade.
Archaic. pleasure.
Origin of pleasance
1300-50; Middle English plesaunce < Middle French plaisance. See pleasant, -ance Unabridged
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  • Then I am sure you will like to have them at the pleasance, mamma.

    Henrietta's Wish Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Also it may be made a pleasance of extraordinary attractiveness.

    Making A Rock Garden Henry Sherman Adams
  • Thou wilt find me awaiting thee and we will all night long have delight and pleasance one of another, to our hearts' content.'

  • When they had reached the little hut near by the pleasance, Robin bade her stay.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Ther wold I don hem no pleasance (do); thou shalt ben quit (be).

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • I will come to you in the studio or pleasance as soon as I am disengaged.'

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • "He could lick them a' wi' his hand tied ahint his back," said the pleasance in its wholly reasonable pride.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • At E was the pleasance of the abbey; at F that of the castle.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • Meet me in the pleasance when the Queen has retired to her chamber.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • She lives in the pleasance, and I saw her to-night in the Vennel.

    The Court of Cacus Alexander Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for pleasance


a secluded part of a garden laid out with trees, walks, etc
(archaic) enjoyment or pleasure
Word Origin
C14 plesaunce, from Old French plaisance, from plaisant pleasant, from plaisir to please
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Word Origin and History for pleasance

late 14c., from Old French plaisance "pleasure, delight, enjoyment," from plaisant (see pleasant).

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