• IPA: /ˈplɛzənt/

pleasant (comparative pleasanter, superlative pleasantest)

  1. Giving pleasure; pleasing in manner.
    We had a pleasant walk around the town.
    It wasn't so hot outside, but pleasant enough to have lunch in the garden.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Psalms 133.1,
      Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    • 1871, Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, Chapter ,
      “O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
      The Walrus did beseech.
      “A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
      Along the briny beach:
    • 1989, Hilary Mantel, Fludd (novel), New York: Henry Holt, 2000, Chapter 2, p. 25,
      “ […] If you pray to St. Anne before twelve o’clock on a Wednesday, you’ll get a pleasant surprise before the end of the week.”
  2. (obsolete) Facetious, joke#Verb|joking.
    • circa 1598 William Shakespeare, Henry V (play), Act I, Scene 2,
      […] tell the pleasant prince this mock of his
      Hath turn’d his balls to gun-stones […]
    • 1600, Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker's Holiday, London, Dedication,
      […] I present you here with a merrie conceited Comedie, called the Shoomakers Holyday, acted by my Lorde Admiralls Players this present Christmasse, before the Queenes most excellent Maiestie. For the mirth and pleasant matter, by her Highnesse graciously accepted; being indeede no way offensiue.
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pleasant (plural pleasants)

  1. (obsolete) A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.
    • 1603, Philemon Holland (translator), The Philosophie, commonlie called Moralia written by the learned philosopher Plutarch, London, p. 1144,
      […] Galba was no better than one of the buffons or pleasants that professe to make folke merry and to laugh.
    • 1696, uncredited translator, The General History of the Quakers by Gerard Croese, London: John Dunton, Book 2, p. 96,
      Yea, in the Courts of Kings and Princes, their Fools, and Pleasants, which they kept to relax them from grief and pensiveness, could not show themselves more dexterously ridiculous, than by representing the Quakers, or aping the motions of their mouth, voice, gesture, and countenance:

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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