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 pleasantly

  • She only pleasantly remembered him; he never forgot her till his death.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • He pleasantly promises the ignominious death of your chief friends.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • An instant his superb eye resented, but then he pleasantly did my bidding.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • After she had accepted the care of him, and that so pleasantly, he wasn't satisfied!

  • The thin, old voice tinkled on pleasantly in the Talentless One's ears.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

British Dictionary definitions for pleasantly



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 pleasantly



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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