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

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

Synonyms for pleasant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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



giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable
having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc
obsolete merry and lively
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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