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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Donald Trump’s tenure has been a pleasant surprise compared to expectations, which isn’t saying much. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Media Will Re-Elect Trump," 26 Feb. 2019 Getty ImagesMaria Mosolova The spicy cinnamon and clove scent of this delicate bouquet will be a pleasant surprise to your valentine. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Pre-orders have opened for the Galaxy Note 9, and there’s a pleasant surprise. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Preorders open for the Galaxy Note 9 and it'll cost the same anywhere you get it," 10 Aug. 2018 For climate researchers, the pick was a pleasant surprise. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Trump finally picked a science adviser. He’s a meteorologist. Named Kelvin.," 1 Aug. 2018 The Museum of Fine Arts, in a former abbey on the Presqu’ile, has an impressive collection ranging from Egyptian antiquities to Impressionist paintings, and its inner courtyard is a pleasant place to take a peaceful break from city streets. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 Although those aren't exactly pleasant, most healthy adults are able to deal with them just fine and recover within a week or so. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Cauliflower Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination," 18 Dec. 2018 Every scent tester agreed that this was pleasant, subtle, but still had great fall vibes. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "The 10 Most Popular Pumpkin Candles, Ranked," 9 Oct. 2018 Think: Colonoscopies are never pleasant, but some people have more difficulty with them than others. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 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 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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