pleasant

adjective
pleas·​ant | \ ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce pleasant (audio) \

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 The oldest of 11 siblings has many duties thrust upon him, not all of them pleasant, yet Mike handled them all with grace and patience. Andrew Seligman, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael McCaskey, who succeeded Halas as Bears’ leader, dies," 18 May 2020 The oldest of 11 siblings has many duties thrust upon him, not all of them pleasant, yet Mike handled them all with grace and patience. Fox News, "Former Bears' chairman Michael McCaskey, grandson of George Halas, dies at 76, team announces," 17 May 2020 Afternoon highs are noticeably cooler than yesterday but pleasant, with highs in the upper 60s to mid-70s. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Cooler and cloudier but still decent today; unsettled at times Monday into midweek," 17 May 2020 Our recurring family meals are pleasant, but too much of a good thing. Pamela Druckerman, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Marriage, Ménage, & Me," 12 May 2020 So be kind, pleasant, smile and be social, but just do it at a distance. John Benson, cleveland, "Geiger’s planning May 12 reopening of Lakewood, Chagrin Falls and Cleveland stores," 4 May 2020 Unfailingly polite and always pleasant, the Bengals head coach spent 35 minutes or so saying much nothing. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Why was the New England Patriots jet in Wilmington last night?," 22 Apr. 2020 Though my afternoons and evenings had become more pleasant, on most mornings the Guards would question me, often for hours. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 The visit was so pleasant, reports People, that Harry and Meghan are considering settling there permanently. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Breaking: Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Are Stepping Back From Their Royal Duties," 8 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of pleasant was in the 14th century

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1 Jun 2020

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“Pleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleasant. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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pleasant

adjective
How to pronounce pleasant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pleasant

: causing a feeling of happiness or pleasure
: friendly and likable

pleasant

adjective
pleas·​ant | \ ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce pleasant (audio) \

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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