[ plez-uhnt ]
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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.

  1. fair, as weather: a pleasant summer day.

  2. Archaic. lively, sprightly, or merry.

  3. Obsolete. jocular or facetious.

Origin of pleasant

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English plesaunt, from Old French plaisant, originally present participle of plaisir “to please”; equivalent to please + -ant

Other words for pleasant

Other words from pleasant

  • pleas·ant·ly, adverb
  • pleas·ant·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pleasant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pleasant


/ (ˈplɛzənt) /

  1. giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable

  2. having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc

  1. obsolete merry and lively

Origin of pleasant

C14: from Old French plaisant, from plaisir to please

Derived forms of pleasant

  • pleasantly, adverb
  • pleasantness, noun

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