pleasantry

[plez-uhn-tree]
noun, plural pleasantries.
1.
good-humored teasing; banter.
2.
a humorous or jesting remark.
3.
a courteous social remark used to initiate or facilitate a conversation: to exchange pleasantries.
4.
a humorous action.

Origin:
1645–55; < French plaisanterie, Old French plesanterie. See pleasant, -ry

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pleasantry (ˈplɛzəntrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  (often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be polite: they exchanged pleasantries
2.  an agreeably humorous manner or style
3.  rare enjoyment; pleasantness: a pleasantry of life
 
[C17: from French plaisanterie, from plaisantpleasant]

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Example sentences
He was not a loud laugher, and rarely made a joke, but he greatly enjoyed the
  pleasantries of others.
Bill collectors don't tend to encounter many pleasantries, even in the best of
  times.
My papa paused and exchanged pleasantries, still holding tightly onto my hand.
He was always genial and had some pleasantries to ex-change.
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