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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Darius is a harbinger of cascading plot: fights, an assassin (not quite human?), an escape; the action flickers with a pleasant implausibility. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "In Mark Haddon’s “The Porpoise,” Storytelling Is an Instrument of Violence and Solace," 13 June 2019 Southeast Michigan will be experiencing pleasant conditions Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "A good deal of sun is expected Tuesday, but cooler weather could dominate rest of the week," 11 June 2019 Another described dreams that seemed to shift repeatedly between pleasant situations and troubling ones. Markham Heid, Time, "The Science Behind Fever Dreams," 11 June 2019 SlideNext Slide Further Reading Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed Beyond the strained acceleration, the Forester is a pleasant drive. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "It watches you drive: Subaru Forester review," 11 June 2019 These more pleasant temperatures come after a heat advisory Sunday afternoon when heat indices across Southeast Texas were close to 110 degrees, according to the National Weather Services. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "‘Cold front’ plunges Houston temps into low 90s," 10 June 2019 In not so pleasant matters, Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri has been charged by the FA for using racist language in a pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town last summer., "Derby New Kit, West Brom Prioritising Bilic & Birmingham Ground Share: Championship News Roundup," 7 June 2019 On that pleasant fall night in 2018, Beierle seemed uncertain at first, Pierson recalled. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 Don’t feel bound to picnic tables — sometimes a tree stump or a patch of grass in the shade (or sun, depending on the temperature) is the more pleasant option. Alison Sherwood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On-the-go, kid-friendly picnic spots in Milwaukee (and foods) for summer fun and memories," 5 June 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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