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.

Nearby words

  1. pleader,
  2. pleading,
  3. pleadingly,
  4. pleadings,
  5. pleasance,
  6. pleasant grove,
  7. pleasant hill,
  8. pleasant island,
  9. pleasantly,
  10. pleasanton

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pleasantness



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 pleasantness



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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