[ plez-uh n-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.

Nearby words

  1. pleasant grove,
  2. pleasant hill,
  3. pleasant island,
  4. pleasantly,
  5. pleasanton,
  6. pleasantville,
  7. please,
  8. pleased,
  9. pleased as punch,
  10. pleasedly

Origin of pleasantry

1645–55; < French plaisanterie, Old French plesanterie. See pleasant, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for pleasantry



"sprightly humor in conversation," 1650s, from French plaisanterie "joke, jest; joking, jesting," from plaisant (see pleasant). Related: Pleasantries.

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