pleasantry


pleas·ant·ry

noun \-zən-trē\

: something (such as a greeting) that people say in order to be polite

plural pleas·ant·ries

Full Definition of PLEASANTRY

1
:  a humorous act or remark :  jest
2
:  an agreeable playfulness in conversation :  banter
3
:  a polite social remark <exchanged pleasantries>

Examples of PLEASANTRY

  1. <how are you is merely a social pleasantry>
  2. <his after-dinner speeches usually include the sort of gentle pleasantry that raises a chuckle>

First Known Use of PLEASANTRY

1597

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