Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Giving or affording pleasure or enjoyment; agreeable: a pleasant scene; pleasant sensations.
  • adj. Pleasing in manner, behavior, or appearance.
  • adj. Fair and comfortable: pleasant weather.
  • adj. Merry; lively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Giving pleasure; pleasing in manner.
  • n. A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pleasing; grateful to the mind or to the senses; agreeable
  • adj. Cheerful; enlivening; gay; sprightly; humorous; sportive
  • n. A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pleasing; delightful; agreeable; grateful to the mind or to the senses.
  • Merry; lively; cheerful; gay.
  • Jocular; witty; facetious.
  • Synonyms Pleasant, Pleasing, Agreeable, Congenial, gratifying, acceptable, welcome. Pleasing is the strongest, and agreeable the weakest of the first four words. Pleasant may be, and generally is, applied to things in the concrete: as, pleasant weather. Pleasing applies generally to things not physical: as, a pleasant face; a pleasing aspect, variety. Pleasant suggests the effect produced, pleasing the power of producing it; hence we may say a pleasant or a pleasing variety. Pleasing must be objective, pleasant may be subjective : as, he was in a pleasant mood. Agreeable and congenial are used of social qualities and relations, but the latter goes deeper, expressing a natural suitableness, on the part of a person or thing, to the tastes, habits, temperament, or passing mood of the person concerned.
  • n. A humorist; a droll; a jester; a buffoon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings
  • adj. (of persons) having pleasing manners or behavior

Etymologies

Middle English plesaunt, from Old French plaisant, present participle of plaisir, to please, from Latin placēre; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French plaisant. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She ran lightly up-stairs, and springing into her nurse's arms, exclaimed, "O mammy, mammy! what a pleasant, _pleasant_ day I have had!

    Elsie Dinsmore

  • To make thy riches pleasant] [W: nor bounty] I am inclined to believe, that neither man nor woman will have much difficulty to tell how _beauty makes riches pleasant_.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • His eyes were a very, very light gray, his expression pleasant; despite his elegant, expensive-looking clothes, it was easy to imagine him on the deck of a ship, peering keenly into the distance.

    Clockwork Angel

  • The sheriff said something to the deputy, his expression pleasant, unhurried.

    Rain Gods

  • Around Pleasant Springs, Wisconsin not exactly what you call a pleasant sight.

    CNN Transcript Aug 19, 2005

  • He stared right back, trying to keep his expression pleasant.

    LADY of SKYE

  • It concerns us therefore to consider in time that he that tempts us will accuse us, and what he calls pleasant now he shall then say was nothing, and all the gains that now invite earthly souls and mean persons to vanity, was nothing but the seeds of folly, and the harvest in pain and sorrow and shame eternal.

    The World's Great Sermons, Volume 02 Hooker to South

  • "Right there, facing us at the other side, is what I call a pleasant magazine -- it has lots of pictures, for see, it's pressed up to the window wide open, and it's called _The Joy-bell_ -- I'm a great deal more taken with that sound than with the sound of _The Downfall_."

    The Palace Beautiful A Story for Girls

  • "And are these what you call pleasant things?" said he somewhat curiously.

    Say and Seal, Volume I

  • Now I have a fancy to know what you call pleasant things, Linden.

    Say and Seal, Volume I

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