pleasant

adjective

pleas·​ant ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce pleasant (audio)
1
: having qualities that tend to give pleasure : agreeable
a pleasant day
2
: having or characterized by pleasing manners, behavior, or appearance
pleasantly adverb
pleasantness noun

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web For starters, the machine runs very quietly, which was a pleasant surprise. Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 That was quite a vision, considering that the traditional guitar of the day was a six-string instrument that emitted pleasant, but relatively soft, tones. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 9 Oct. 2022 Mohammed bin Salman and members of the Saudi delegation appeared pleasant throughout their brief discussion, with the powerful Saudi leader appearing to nod as Biden spoke to him. Mary Bruce, ABC News, 15 July 2022 Being considered pleasant, kind and polite is likely not consistent with being regarded as an assertive leader who can speak up, question the decisions of others in authority and express a contrary position. Gina Deciani, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Speaking specifically of Friday, a fair assessment might conclude that despite its bland appearance, the day seemed pleasant, even if in a subdued way. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 The Civic Si also proved pleasant on the eight-hour roundtrip, and the trunk easily held our tools, air compressor, luggage, cooler, floor jack, jack stands, and helmet. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 12 May 2022 The new results help explain why the fragrance of a specific perfume, for example, may seem pleasant to some and overpowering to others. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 Recovering from a knee injury hatched a pleasant surprise for the Phillies and Eflin, who, lacking the runway to build back as a starter, became a crucial relief weapon for them down the stretch and in the playoffs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English plesaunt, from Anglo-French plaisant, from present participle of plaisir

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pleasant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleasant. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

pleasant

adjective

pleas·​ant ˈplez-ᵊnt How to pronounce pleasant (audio)
1
: giving pleasure : agreeable
a pleasant day
2
: having or marked by pleasing manners, behavior, or appearance
the new teacher is very pleasant
pleasantly adverb
pleasantness noun

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