- 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 pleasures
Because the music here is so free, so joyous, so relaxed that all its pleasures are instantly communicable.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
Its pleasures are undoubtedly visual, but also more cerebral than many of the other performing arts.How High Fashion Saved the Ballet
October 13, 2014
And with Skink as his guide, Richard discovers the pleasures of the unplugged life.Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?
September 19, 2014
But the pleasures of vengeance and hedonism prove a dead end for Wanda.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
His one previous musical, the 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You, is an ode to the pleasures of old-Hollywood escapism.Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical and the Moral Responsibility of an Artist
April 10, 2014
Considered as a form of self-sacrifice, it was not without its pleasures.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.The Conquest of Fear
As a nation, our people are pampering themselves and living for their own pleasures.Her Father's Daughter
And it was the greatest of pleasures to smile at each other every morning and evening.The Dream
The pleasures of the table were all that seemed left to me in life.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- 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 pleasures
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.