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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President Trump jolted markets out of their pleasant spring daydream with two tweets threatening to boost tariffs on $200 billion of imports from China, and slap new duties on another $325 billion. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Growth Is Great, What Could Go Wrong? Trade.," 6 May 2019 More than just quiet, the G70's interior is a genuinely pleasant place to spend time. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Things get pleasant at home when Venus gets cozy in Taurus on Wednesday, May 15. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Aquarius Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Back Home, by FENDI A different kind of comfort was at the center of Fendi Casa’s display: the pleasant sensation of coming Back Home—home being an opulently elegant Roman villa, steeped in colors and materials echoing the 1970s. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 Fall, winter, and early spring find mild and pleasant temps, while summer is blazingly hot. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 And one of the pleasant surprises through six practices this spring has been redshirt freshman Austin Osborne. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "What we learned from UW coach Chris Petersen after Huskies spring practice," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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