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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When these folks find something that's pleasant, part of their brain comes online quickly to dampen that experience. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device," 11 July 2019 Thankfully, Monday looks more pleasant, at least by summer standards. Rick Grow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Scattered showers and storms remain with us through the weekend," 5 July 2019 Beyond these recent happenings, Nigeria’s statistics on women’s well-being don’t make for pleasant reading. Saratu Abiola, Quartz Africa, "The fallout from a church rape scandal shows the harsh reality of being a woman in Nigeria," 3 July 2019 On a pleasant spring day the streets are almost empty; many buildings are disused. The Economist, "Rural areas bear the burden of Japan’s ageing, shrinking population," 29 June 2019 Our quest for fall colors led us to a number of other popular spots, including Convict Lake (with a pleasant 3-mile trail around it), Rock Creek, the Mammoth Lakes and the June Lake Loop. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019 For an Indian employee, the top factors while picking an employer are salary and employee benefits, job security, and a pleasant work atmosphere. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "Infosys and L&T are the only Indian firms in a new list of 10 best employers in the country," 18 June 2019 But there’s also a newfound tension that isn’t particularly pleasant. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Online’s early hours are full of violence, beauty, and annoying griefers," 27 Nov. 2018 Darius is a harbinger of cascading plot: fights, an assassin (not quite human?), an escape; the action flickers with a pleasant implausibility. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "In Mark Haddon’s “The Porpoise,” Storytelling Is an Instrument of Violence and Solace," 13 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pleasant

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


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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