pleasantry

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noun pleas·ant·ry \-zən-trē\

Definition of pleasantry

plural

pleasantries

  1. 1 :  a humorous act or remark :  jest

  2. 2 :  an agreeable playfulness in conversation :  banter

  3. 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

1594

First Known Use of pleasantry

1594


PLEASANTRY Defined for English Language Learners

pleasantry

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noun pleas·ant·ry \-zən-trē\

Definition of pleasantry for English Language Learners

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


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