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pleasantry

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noun pleas·ant·ry \-zən-trē\

Simple Definition of pleasantry

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pleasantry

plural

pleasantries

  1. 1 :  a humorous act or remark :  jest

  2. 2 :  an agreeable playfulness in conversation :  banter

  3. 3 :  a polite social remark <exchanged pleasantries>

Examples of pleasantry in a sentence

  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>



1597

First Known Use of pleasantry

1597


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