pleasant

adjective
pleas·​ant | \ˈple-zᵊnt \

Definition of pleasant 

1 : having qualities that tend to give pleasure : agreeable a pleasant day

2 : having or characterized by pleasing manners, behavior, or appearance

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Other Words from pleasant

pleasantly adverb
pleasantness noun

Examples of pleasant in a Sentence

the pleasant smell of cookies baking in the oven We had a pleasant conversation. Our evening together was pleasant but not very exciting. I didn't know you were coming. What a pleasant surprise! Their new teacher seems pleasant enough. a very pleasant young man
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Recent Examples on the Web

That means making their stores more pleasant, updating their websites and speeding up delivery. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "4 retail trends that have put shoppers in the mood to spend," 3 Sep. 2018 In these cases, try to make your environment more pleasant. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 The result, according to Specialized, is a bike that’s lighter, stiffer, more aerodynamic, and more pleasant to ride than its predecessor. Fortune, "Want a Bike Fit for the Tour de France? It Will Cost You About $12,000," 6 July 2018 Here are six easy steps that will make air travel more pleasant for everyone. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "Six ways we can all be more civil and helpful to each other on planes," 26 June 2018 In these cases, try to make your environment more pleasant. Jennifer Maccormack, CNN, "When you go from hungry to 'hangry'," 14 June 2018 Meanwhile, Busch was making history of a more pleasant sort. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Halfway home, Harvick, Kyle Busch set Cup Series pace, winning nine of 13 races," 31 May 2018 By using the properties of music, the sounds Douek and Beckerman envision in Alarm Fatigue could convey more information to caregivers, and in a form that would be easier to grasp—plus more pleasant—than a jangle of unrelated beeps. Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, "Could Our Housewares Keep Us Healthier?," 3 May 2018 The crash and its inconclusive aftermath reflect poorly on a newborn industry predicated on the idea that letting computers take the wheel can save lives, ease congestion, and make travel more pleasant. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "For a Much-Needed Win, Self-Driving Cars Should Aim Lower," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pleasant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pleasant

Middle English plesaunt, from Anglo-French plaisant, from present participle of plaisir

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pleasant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pleasant

: causing a feeling of happiness or pleasure

: friendly and likable

pleasant

adjective
pleas·​ant | \ˈple-zᵊnt \

Kids Definition of pleasant

1 : giving pleasure : agreeable a pleasant day

2 : having pleasing manners, behavior, or appearance a pleasant young man

Other Words from pleasant

pleasantly adverb

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