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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.
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.
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Examples for pleasantly
  • Sweet yellow flesh cooks up to be nutty and pleasantly dry.
  • Expect warm weather but pleasantly cool hiking beneath the redwoods.
  • When mixed with eggs, they create a soft custard base with chewy lemon pieces and a pleasantly bitter edge.
  • Intense, pleasantly bitter lemon zest and minerals softened by a floral quality.
  • Was pleasantly surprised to find that it had been a major city.
  • They beam, proud and pleasantly sunburned, next to their prizes.
  • The air inside is pleasantly cool, and the walls are smooth and dry, with patches of original plaster.
  • Your subject will stand out sharply as the rest of the image surrounding it remains pleasantly blurred.
  • The lodge's interior is spacious and cool, and smells pleasantly of hide and smoke.
  • He takes a sip of tea and pleasantly turns the conversation to politics.
British Dictionary definitions for pleasantly


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 pleasantly



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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