[ plez-uhnt ]
/ ˈplɛz ənt /


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 forms

pleas·ant·ly, adverbpleas·ant·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pleasantly

British Dictionary definitions for pleasantly


/ (ˈplɛzənt) /


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

Derived Forms

pleasantly, adverbpleasantness, noun

Word Origin for pleasant

C14: from Old French plaisant, from plaisir to please
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012