Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: a humorous act or remark : jest
: an agreeable playfulness in conversation : banter
: a polite social remark
Keep scrolling for more
crack, drollery, funny, gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh, one-liner, quip, rib, sally, waggery, wisecrack, witticism
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pleasantry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Resources for pleasantry
9 Sep 2018
Time Traveler for pleasantry
See more words from the same year
More Definitions for pleasantry
: something (such as a greeting) that people say in order to be polite
See the full definition for pleasantry in the English Language Learners Dictionary
More from Merriam-Webster on pleasantry
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pleasantry
Comments on pleasantry
What made you want to look up pleasantry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
not any or not one
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
A look at its gassy origins
Words from the week of 10/12/2018
Smart advice on modifying adjectives
If you need a reminder.
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Words to improve your Scrabble game
Do you know which word is older?
SCRABBLE® fans, sharpen your skills!