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  1. pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  2. (of persons, manners, disposition, etc.) socially acceptable or adept; polite; amiable; agreeable.
  3. fair, as weather: a pleasant summer day.
  4. Archaic. lively, sprightly, or merry.
  5. Obsolete. jocular or facetious.
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Origin of pleasant

1325–75; Middle English plesaunt < Middle French plaisant, orig. present participle of plaisir to please; see -ant
Related formspleas·ant·ly, adverbpleas·ant·ness, noun

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Related Words for pleasant

cordial, likable, sweet, cheerful, mild, bland, satisfying, amusing, agreeable, pleasing, pleasurable, amiable, polite, charming, congenial, gracious, enjoyable, lovely, refreshing, cool

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Historical Examples of pleasant

  • Yet the voice of Plato would be pleasant to my ears, as music on the waters in the night-time.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • That he was constantly cheerful proved the matter of his musings to be pleasant.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • His countenance is mild and pleasant, and has a highly intellectual expression.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • We must now close our sketch of those diversified and pleasant volumes.

  • She had gone back to bed and fallen promptly into a pleasant sleep.

British Dictionary definitions for pleasant


  1. giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable
  2. having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc
  3. obsolete merry and lively
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Derived Formspleasantly, adverbpleasantness, noun

Word Origin for pleasant

C14: from Old French plaisant, from plaisir to please
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Word Origin and History for pleasant


late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from Old French plaisant "pleasant, pleasing, agreeable" (12c.), present participle of plaisir "to please" (see please). Pleasantry has the word's modern French sense of "funny, jocular." Related: Pleasantly.

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