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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Homeowners looking to sell in 2022 might be in for a pleasant surprise if their homes have a few key features. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 May 2022 Catcher Zack Collins has been a pleasant surprise with 3 HR, 7 RBI through 12 games. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 But for others, the experience can be anything but pleasant, readers highlighted. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Being long past the time when youth demanded wild bird exposure for the dogs to learn their business, the trip has evolved into a pleasant drive through delightful country. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 A few minutes on the grill crisps the casing, but the interior is multi-textured, like pudding with a pleasant graininess. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 With Friday the 50th anniversary of Arbor Day, what once was just a pleasant rite of spring has morphed into a race by numbers. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2022 The silky formula was also a tester favorite, earning high scores for minimizing dark circles and its pleasant scent. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 The OTR StillHouse’s outdoor space comfortably accommodates hundreds of guests, and the buildings that enclose the courtyard provide a pleasant amount of shade for guests to enjoy. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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