from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pleasance (a pleasure ground laid out with shady walks, trees and shrubs, statuary, and ornamental water).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See pleasance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of pleasance.


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  • The herald called out, “His Majesty the King has just entered the list and will now joust, à la plaisance, with Sir Henry Norris.”

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

  • Miss Cantillon, who was within hearing of this, and had seemed to be highly taken with the baro-net, could hardly let her eyes be civil to me; and yet her really pretty mouth, occasionally, worked it-self into forced smiles, and an affectation of com — plaisance.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Dropping the flap he ran along toward where the plaisance terminated at the lake and a small ferris wheel revolved slowly against the sky.

    Tender is the Night

  • Quixote of La Mancha, is in this your castle, for she has come in quest of him on foot and without breaking her fast from the kingdom of Kandy to your realms here; a thing which may and ought to be regarded as a miracle or set down to enchantment; she is even now at the gate of this fortress or plaisance, and only waits for your permission to enter.

    Don Quixote

  • E Blondel, De la distribution de maisons de plaisance… Paris, 1737-38.

    Savoring The Past

  • Blondel, De la distribution de maisons de plaisance … Paris, 1737-38.

    Savoring The Past

  • Menagerie, what he called a _maison de plaisance_, but which was really the forerunner of the animal house at Versailles.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

  • The echo of French country architecture as evinced in the "_maisons de plaisance_" and "_rendezvous de chasse_" scattered up and down the

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

  • It was he who built the first _chateau de plaisance_ here in which the royal family might live near Paris and yet amid a sylvan environment.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

  • On the Versailles road was the Chateau de Clagny, a royal _maison de plaisance_, of an attractive, but trivial, aspect, though its architecture was actually of a certain massiveness.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France


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