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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For all its current and looming woes, Derry still generates pleasant surprises. The Economist, "Brexit or not, Derry will think in all-island terms," 10 Aug. 2019 Take just a few smart extra steps, however, and your evening could rise from pleasant to unforgettable. Zachary Lewis,, "Experts offer tips to Cleveland Orchestra fans visiting Blossom Music Center," 10 July 2019 Lower tables have white seats made from composite plastic that look uncomfortable, but were actually pleasant. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Dr. Limon in Hallandale Beach is Peruvian cure for summertime blues," 26 June 2019 The sun was pleasant, and there was something in the air that called me. Kat Bein, Billboard, "'What I Made Before Was Fiction. Now, I'm Designing A Life': Madeon Discusses His New Album & Next Act," 21 June 2019 During the summer months, though, the heat goes from pleasant to brutal. Katie Parsons,, "Fitness tips for Florida summer workouts," 19 June 2018 The men and women were asked about their hunger levels and to rate the image on a scale from pleasant to unpleasant. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Here’s Why You Get Hangry, According to Science," 11 June 2018 To my pleasant surprise, the red light was changed to a circle. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Red light in San Jose changed after ‘rebel’ Roadshow reader complains," 16 July 2019 Kaya Scodelario’s Crawl is one of this summer’s most pleasant (and most terrifying) surprises. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Crawl' Star Kaya Scodelario on the 'Skins' Fib That Launched Her Career," 15 July 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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