pleasaunce

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pleasaunce (plural pleasaunces)

  1. Obsolete form of pleasance.
  2. A pleasure-garden; a region of garden with the sole purpose of giving pleasure to the senses, but not offering fruit or sustenance.
    • 1888, Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates:
      And he looked in the mirror, and, seeing his own face, he gave a great cry and woke, and the bright sunlight was streaming into the room, and from the trees of the garden and pleasaunce the birds were singing.
    • 1904, Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Land of the Blue Flower:
      King Amor planted the seed in a pleasaunce of its own. It grew into the most beautiful blue flower the world had ever known.
    • 1928, Virginia Woolf, Orlando:
      It must be remembered that she was like a child, entering into possession of a pleasaunce or toycupboard; her arguments would not commend themselves to mature women, who have had the run of it all their lives.
    • 1858, William Morris, ‘Sir Galahad’:
      No maid will talk / Of sitting on my tomb, until the leaves, / Grown big upon the bushes of the walk, / East of the Palace-pleasaunce, make it hard / To see the minster therefrom [...].