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pleasaunce (countable and uncountable, plural pleasaunces)

  1. Alternative form of pleasance
    • 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 []
    • 1891, Oscar Wilde, “The Young King”, in A House of Pomegranates, London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine & Co [], →OCLC, page 18:
      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: A Biography, London: The Hogarth Press, →OCLC; republished as Orlando: A Biography (eBook no. 0200331h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, July 2015:
      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.