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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Making small yaw adjustments is easy, and, even though the pedals’ dead zone is configurable via Thrustmaster’s TARGET software, the default settings are quite pleasant. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018 Despite the fact that our cottage in a courtyard opens to a wonderful outdoor space, and many of our meals will be served to us in a perfectly pleasant dining room, there is an edge of sorrow. Sally Friedman,, "As I prepare for what's probably our last move, I'm thinking (and sobbing) about the others | Perspective," 15 Feb. 2018 For the record, Kim has a perfectly pleasant voice. Alan Shipnuck,, "Super Chill: Fourteen Things to Know About Snowboarding Prodigy Chloe Kim," 31 Jan. 2018 However, early autumn can be equally enjoyable: The weather is still pleasant, but a fraction of the people will be on the water come September and early October. Sunset, "How to Boat Camp the Russian River," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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