- the state or feeling of being pleased.
- enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one's liking; gratification; delight.
- worldly or frivolous enjoyment: the pursuit of pleasure.
- recreation or amusement; diversion; enjoyment: Are you traveling on business or for pleasure?
- sensual gratification.
- a cause or source of enjoyment or delight: It was a pleasure to see you.
- pleasurable quality: the pleasure of his company.
- one's will, desire, or choice: to make known one's pleasure.
- to give pleasure to; gratify; please.
- to take pleasure; delight: I pleasure in your company.
- to seek pleasure, as by taking a holiday.
Origin of pleasure
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Examples from the Web for pleasure
Pleasure shoots magically in every direction like an explosion of sparks.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
I had the pleasure of meeting Stuart Scott several years ago.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
They get $8 million to dredge the channel for pleasure boats to sail to Catalina Island.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
I tell him about the Pleasure Chest--a Hollywood shop that sells sexual paraphernalia.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
On top of the pleasure (or pain), the clients who saw Mistress Carla received their own additional perks.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
He would say that his was a trip of business, and not pleasure, and hard work he had.Explorations in Australia
She laughed her little laugh of pleasure, and thanked him prettily for the compliment.Viviette
William J. Locke
At last, I asked, if it were his pleasure that I should pour him out another dish?
Do not occasion me uneasiness, when I would give you nothing but pleasure.
Dearest Madam, forgive me: it was always my pride and my pleasure to obey you.
- an agreeable or enjoyable sensation or emotionthe pleasure of hearing good music
- something that gives or affords enjoyment or delighthis garden was his only pleasure
- amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
- (as modifier)a pleasure boat; pleasure ground
- euphemistic sexual gratification or enjoymenthe took his pleasure of her
- a person's preference or choice
- (when intr, often foll by in) to give pleasure to or take pleasure (in)
Word Origin and History for pleasure
late 14c., "condition of enjoyment," from Old French plesir, also plaisir "enjoyment, delight, desire, will" (12c.), from noun use of infinitive plaisir (v.) "to please," from Latin placere "to please, give pleasure, be approved" (see please (v.)). Ending altered in English 14c. by influence of words in -ure (measure, etc.). Meaning "sensual enjoyment as the chief object of life" is attested from 1520s.
1530s, "to take pleasure in;" 1550s as "give pleasure to," from pleasure (n.). Sexual sense by 1610s. Related: Pleasured; pleasuring.