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[plez-uh nt] /ˈplɛz ənt/
pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure:
pleasant news.
(of persons, manners, disposition, etc.) socially acceptable or adept; polite; amiable; agreeable.
fair, as weather:
a pleasant summer day.
Archaic. gay, sprightly, or merry.
Obsolete. jocular or facetious.
Origin of pleasant
1325-75; Middle English plesaunt < Middle French plaisant, orig. present participle of plaisir to please; see -ant
Related forms
pleasantly, adverb
pleasantness, noun
1. welcome, gratifying. 2. delightful, congenial, friendly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pleasant
  • For others, it had been a vigorous but pleasant walk in the hills.
  • Mine is a small, pleasant town, much like one you'd see in the movies.
  • Subjects rated the smell as much more pleasant when it was labeled cheese.
  • She was being not very pleasant to a saleswoman.
  • Not quaint, but pleasant and reasonably priced.
  • It's pleasant enough, in a completely inoffensive way.
  • But I don't care about how pleasant or unpleasant it is.
  • These gerbils were considered so pleasant and interesting that soon others were brought in to be sold as pets.
  • The whole flight took about four days, and left indelible and pleasant memories.
  • While there are a few clever lines in the dialogue, the best that can be said is that it's pleasant but forgettable.
British Dictionary definitions for pleasant


giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable
having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc
(obsolete) merry and lively
Derived Forms
pleasantly, adverb
pleasantness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French plaisant, from plaisir to please
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Word Origin and History for pleasant

late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from Old French plaisant "pleasant, pleasing, agreeable" (12c.), present participle of plaisir "to please" (see please). Pleasantry has the word's modern French sense of "funny, jocular." Related: Pleasantly.

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