pleasant

adjective pleas·ant \ ˈple-zᵊnt \

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

pleasantly

adverb

pleasantness

noun

Examples of pleasant in a Sentence

  1. the pleasant smell of cookies baking in the oven

  2. We had a pleasant conversation.

  3. Our evening together was pleasant but not very exciting.

  4. I didn't know you were coming. What a pleasant surprise!

  5. Their new teacher seems pleasant enough.

  6. a very pleasant young man

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Origin and Etymology of pleasant

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

pleasant Synonyms

Synonyms
agreeable, blessed (also blest), congenial, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, good, grateful, gratifying, heavenly, jolly, luscious, nice, palatable, pleasing, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, tasty, welcome
Antonyms
disagreeable, pleasureless, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwelcome
Related Words
alluring, attractive, desirable, enviable, inviting, relishable, tempting; charming, enchanting, fascinating; calming, comforting, soothing; amusing, diverting, entertaining, recreative; affable, amiable, cheerful, cheery, comfortable, gemütlich, genial, goodly, good-natured, gracious, hospitable, kindly, personable; blissful, felicific, glad, happy, joyous; elating, exhilarating, intoxicating; ecstatic, euphoric, nirvanic, rapturous
Near Antonyms
abominable, ghastly, god-awful, hellish, horrid, miserable, wretched; bilious, disgusting, distasteful, obnoxious, offensive, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revulsive, unsavory, vile, yucky (also yukky); abhorrent, detestable, hateful, odious; boring, commonplace, dull, flat, insipid, irksome, stale, tedious; displeasing, dissatisfying; depressing, disheartening, dismal, dreary, gloomy, heartbreaking, heartrending, joyless, lachrymose, sad, unhappy; deplorable, doleful, dolorous, lamentable, lugubrious, mournful, regrettable, sorrowful, tragic (also tragical); aggravating, annoying, exasperating, irritating, peeving, perturbing, vexing; forbidding; hostile, intimidating; angering, enraging, incensing, inflaming (also enflaming), infuriating, maddening, outraging, rankling, riling; distressing, disturbing, upsetting

PLEASANT Defined for English Language Learners

pleasant

adjective

Definition of pleasant for English Language Learners

  • : causing a feeling of happiness or pleasure

  • : friendly and likable


PLEASANT Defined for Kids

pleasant

adjective pleas·ant \ ˈple-zᵊnt \

Definition of pleasant for Students

1 :giving pleasure :agreeable
  • a pleasant day
2 :having pleasing manners, behavior, or appearance
  • a pleasant young man

pleasantly

adverb


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