[plez-uh ns]


a place laid out as a pleasure garden or promenade.
Archaic. pleasure.

Origin of pleasance

1300–50; Middle English plesaunce < Middle French plaisance. See pleasant, -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pleasance

Historical Examples of pleasance

  • Also it may be made a pleasance of extraordinary attractiveness.

    Making A Rock Garden

    Henry Sherman Adams

  • When they had reached the little hut near by the pleasance, Robin bade her stay.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

  • I will come to you in the studio or Pleasance as soon as I am disengaged.'

    A Laodicean

    Thomas Hardy

  • We may look in vain nowadays in the Pleasance for the inns of that day.

  • At E was the pleasance of the abbey; at F that of the castle.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

British Dictionary definitions for pleasance



a secluded part of a garden laid out with trees, walks, etc
archaic enjoyment or pleasure

Word Origin for pleasance

C14 plesaunce, from Old French plaisance, from plaisant pleasant, from plaisir to please
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Word Origin and History for pleasance

late 14c., from Old French plaisance "pleasure, delight, enjoyment," from plaisant (see pleasant).

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