pleasantry

noun pleas·ant·ry \ ˈple-zᵊn-trē \

Definition of pleasantry

plural pleasantries
1 : a humorous act or remark : jest
2 : an agreeable playfulness in conversation : banter
3 : a polite social remark
  • exchanged pleasantries

Examples of pleasantry in a Sentence

  1. “how are you” is merely a social pleasantry

  2. his after-dinner speeches usually include the sort of gentle pleasantry that raises a chuckle

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First Known Use of pleasantry

1594

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PLEASANTRY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pleasantry for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a greeting) that people say in order to be polite


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