Definition of pleasantry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pleasantry

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈplezntri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplezntri//
 
[countable, usually plural, uncountable](pl. pleasantries)(formal)
 
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a friendly remark made in order to be polite After exchanging the usual pleasantries, they got down to serious discussion. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French plaisanterie, from Old French plaisant ‘pleasing’, from the verb plaisir, from Latin placere.
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