Definition of pleasant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpleznt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleznt//
    (pleasanter, pleasantest) more pleasant and most pleasant are more common Friendly
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  1. 1  enjoyable, pleasing or attractive a pleasant climate/evening/place What a pleasant surprise! to live in pleasant surroundings music that is pleasant to the ear a pleasant environment to work in It was pleasant to be alone again.
  2. 2  friendly and polite a pleasant young man a pleasant smile/voice/manner pleasant to somebody Please try to be pleasant to our guests. See related entries: Friendly
  3. opposite unpleasant
    Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘pleasing’): from Old French plaisant ‘pleasing’, from the verb plaisir, from Latin placere.Extra examples His colleagues were perfectly pleasant and friendly but they had their own lives to lead. It was a pleasant enough day’s journey. It was not a particularly pleasant experience. A pleasant and correct telephone manner is essential for anyone working in the retail trade. He seemed a very pleasant young man. It was pleasant to be alone again. It’s nice to live in pleasant surroundings.
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