pleasantry

[ plez-uhn-tree ]
/ ˈplɛz ən tri /

noun, plural pleas·ant·ries.

good-humored teasing; banter.
a humorous or jesting remark.
a courteous social remark used to initiate or facilitate a conversation: to exchange pleasantries.
a humorous action.

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Origin of pleasantry

1645–55; <French plaisanterie,Old French plesanterie.See pleasant, -ry
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British Dictionary definitions for pleasantry

pleasantry
/ (ˈplɛzəntrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

(often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be politethey exchanged pleasantries
an agreeably humorous manner or style
rare enjoyment; pleasantnessa pleasantry of life

Word Origin for pleasantry

C17: from French plaisanterie, from plaisant pleasant
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