pleasant

adjective

pleas·​ant ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce pleasant (audio)
1
: having qualities that tend to give pleasure : agreeable
a pleasant day
2
: having or characterized by pleasing manners, behavior, or appearance
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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web But Take Note The cleanser’s pleasant aroma is derived from artificial fragrance, which may aggravate those with sensitive skin. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 13 Feb. 2024 This was all from imagination, of course—because her real memory about the sterile room of cribs was just not very pleasant, and who doesn’t want to make life better for one’s little sisters? Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Get a taste of modern Puerto Rican cuisine at Placita. Visit between December and April for pleasant weather and a lively atmosphere. Carley Rojas Avila, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2024 Country Club Park residents say the gates create a pleasant, park-like area that draws dog-walkers and strollers from across the city. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 And there were some pleasant nomination-day surprises, like Victoria Monét and boygenius showing up in the top categories. Vulture, 1 Feb. 2024 Pro tip: On pleasant days, fun house decor and floor mats find their way onto the sidewalk outside the front door for sale. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The soothing sound of flowing water creates a pleasant white noise backdrop, making this fountain a fantastic addition to your space. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Tequila, beer and wine flowed freely on the breezy, pleasant night at Jungle Court, a green oasis surrounded by designer names adorning out-there modern architecture, with a DJ tempting the crowd into moonlight dancing. Carlos Frías, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleasant. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pleasant

adjective
pleas·​ant ˈplez-ᵊnt How to pronounce pleasant (audio)
1
: giving pleasure : agreeable
a pleasant day
2
: having or marked by pleasing manners, behavior, or appearance
the new teacher is very pleasant
pleasantly adverb
pleasantness noun

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