- 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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- 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 pleasureful
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.