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
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Recent Examples on the Web There are lots of people on the waiting list for whom this is not a pleasant experience. NBC News, 7 Nov. 2021 Old ledgers detailing former guests from the mid-20th century line the walls of the main inn; air conditioning and heating were added to ensure a pleasant year-round experience. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 26 Sep. 2021 While nearly every filmmaker working today is trying, at some level, to create a pleasant experience for audiences, Franco is committed to challenging them. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 The result won’t be a pleasant experience for the nearly departed. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 My ancient Vitamix sounds like a jet engine and sometimes makes my ears ring, which is not a pleasant experience at seven in the morning. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Aug. 2021 Getting a nasal swab, or any medical diagnostic test for that matter, generally isn’t the most pleasant experience. Anne Quito, Quartz, 17 Aug. 2021 The right music can turn a drudgery of a workout into a far more pleasant experience. Suzie Glassman, Wired, 9 Aug. 2021 As anyone who has gotten a COVID-19 test can confirm, having a swab stuck up your nose is not a pleasant experience. USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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“Pleasant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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