English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
From Early Modern English
, pleasur , alteration (with ending accommodated to plesur ), of -ure Middle English ( plaisir “ pleasure ”), from Old French , plesir ( plaisir “ to please ”), infinitive used as a noun, conjugated form of or plaisir , from plaire Latin ( placēre “ to please, to seem good ”), from the Proto-Indo-European ( *plā-k- “ wide and flat ”). Related to Dutch ( plezier “ pleasure, fun ”). More at . please
Pronunciation [ edit ]
pleasure ( plural ) pleasures
( uncountable ) A state of being pleased.
He remembered with pleasure his home and family.
I get a lot of pleasure from watching others work hard while I relax.
2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “ Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
But the only statistic that will concern West Brom will be the scoreline, and their manager Roy Hodgson will take considerable pleasure from a victory over the club he managed for just 191 days.
( countable ) A person, thing or action that causes enjoyment.
It was a pleasure to meet you.
Having a good night's sleep is one of life's little pleasures.
Acts xxv. 9
Festus, willing to do the Jews a
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in : The Celebrity
The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [… ] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
( uncountable ) One's preference.
What is your pleasure: coffee or tea?
( formal , uncountable ) The will or desire of someone or some agency in power.
to hold an office at pleasure: to hold it indefinitely until it is revoked
to be imprisoned at Her Majesty's pleasure : to be imprisoned indefinitely
at Congress's pleasure: whenever or as long as Congress desires
Isaiah xlviii. 14
He will do his
pleasure on Babylon.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
pleasure; if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.
Synonyms [ edit ]
state of mind) delight, gladness, gratification, happiness, indulgence, satisfaction (
person or thing that causes enjoyment): delight, joy (
preference) desire, fancy, want, will, wish (
will or desire of party in power) discretion
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Translations [ edit ]
a state of being pleased
kënaqësi (sq) f American Sign Language:
OpenB@Chest-PalmBack RoundSurface Arabic:
مُتْعَة ( f mutʿa) Armenian:
հաճույք ( (hy) hačuykʿ) Azeri:
həzz (az) Bengali:
( নন্দ nondo) Bulgarian:
удоволствие (bg) ( n udovolstvie), наслада (bg) ( f naslada) Chinese:
欢乐 ( (zh) huānlè) Czech:
potěšení , m rozkoš (cs) , f slast f Dutch:
genoegen (nl) , n welbehagen , n plezier (nl) n Esperanto:
plezuro (eo) Estonian:
huvi (fi) French:
plaisir (fr) m Georgian:
( სიამოვნება siamovneba) German:
Vergnügen (de) n Greek:
ευχαρίστηση (el) ( f efcharístisi), απόλαυση (el) ( f apólafsi), τέρψη (el) ( f térpsi), ηδονή (el) ( f idoní) Hebrew:
עונג \ עֹגֶג ( m 'óneg) Hindi:
आनन्द (hi) ( m ānand) Hungarian:
gyönyörűség (hu) Indonesian:
kesenangan (id) Interlingua:
pléisiúr m Italian:
piacere (it) , m piacimento , m goduria (it) f Japanese:
( 喜び ) よろこび, yorokobi Korean:
쾌락 ( (ko) kwaerak) Kurdish:
خۆشی ( (ku) xoshí) Latgalian:
voluptas , f iucunditas , f delectatio , f oblectatio , f delectamentum , n gaudium , n dulcedo f Latvian:
prieks (lv) m Lithuanian:
malonumas m Luxembourgish:
Plëséier m Maori:
rēhia Mauritian Creole:
( баяр жаргал bajar žargal) Norwegian:
fornøyelse (no) m Old English:
drēam m Persian:
کیف ( (fa) keyf) Polish:
przyjemność (pl) f Portuguese:
prazer (pt) m Romanian:
plăcere (ro) f Russian:
удово́льствие (ru) ( n udovólʹstvije), наслажде́ние (ru) ( n naslaždénije) Sanskrit:
आनन्द ( (sa) ānanda) Scottish Gaelic:
tlachd f Serbo-Croatian:
задово̀љство , n ужи́так m Roman:
zadovòljstvo (sh) , n užítak (sh) m Slovak:
potešenie n Spanish:
placer (es) m Swahili:
anasa class 9/ 10 Swedish:
behag (sv) n Tagalog:
kaaliwan , (tl) kalugdan Thai:
( ความปิติยินดี kwaam bpìt yindee) Turkish:
zevk , (tr) memnuniyet (tr) Ukrainian:
задоволення ( f zadovólennja) Urdu:
آنند (ur) ( m ānand) Vietnamese:
niềm vui thích Welsh:
bodd , m boddhâd , m hyfrydwch , m mwynhâd , m mwyniant , m, f pleser (cy) m Yiddish:
הנאה ( f hanoe), חיות ( f khayes), עונג ( m oyneg), תּענוג ( m tayneg), פֿאַרגעניגן ( n fargenign), וווילטאָג ( m voyltog), נחת ( n, m nakhes)
person or thing that causes enjoyment
the will or desire of someone or some agency in power
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Derived terms [ edit ]
Interjection [ edit ]
pleased to meet you
Related terms [ edit ]
pleasure ( third-person singular simple present , pleasures present participle , pleasuring simple past and past participle ) pleasured
( transitive ) To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
[Rolled] his hoop to
( transitive ) To give sexual pleasure to.
Johnny pleasured Jackie orally last night.
( intransitive , dated ) To take pleasure; to seek or pursue pleasure.
to go pleasuring
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