pleasance

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Etymology[edit]

Old French plaisance.

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Noun[edit]

pleasance (plural pleasances)

  1. (obsolete) Willingness to please, or the action of pleasing; courtesy. [14th-17th c.]
  2. (obsolete) The feeling of being pleased; pleasure, delight. [14th-19th c.]
  3. A pleasure ground laid out with shady walks, trees and shrubs, statuary, and ornamental water; a secluded part of a garden. [from 16th c.]
    The pleasances of old Elizabethan houses. — Ruskin.
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin 2005, p. 6:
      It is a tropical pleasance, washed by a noble river.