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Partly from Old French plaisant, partly from Middle English [Term?], present participle of English please. Related to Dutch plezant(pleasant).



pleasant (comparative pleasanter or more pleasant, superlative pleasantest or most pleasant)

  1. Giving pleasure; pleasing in manner.
    • Bible, Psalms cxxxiii. 1
      Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant.
    We had a pleasant walk around the town.
    It wasn't so hot outside, but pleasant enough to have lunch in the garden.



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pleasant (plural pleasants)

  1. (obsolete) A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Most common English words before 1923: Tom · author · authority · #860: pleasant · forget · break · Roman