Definition of pleasant in English:



  • 1Giving a sense of happy satisfaction or enjoyment.

    ‘a very pleasant evening’
    • ‘So it was a pleasant surprise, then, when I was up at a decent hour this morning.’
    • ‘I arrived back home on Sunday evening after a few pleasant days to see gritters at work.’
    • ‘You can feel the force in her acting now and it's such a very pleasant surprise.’
    • ‘This is proving to be one of the most balmy and pleasant of Autumns I can ever remember.’
    • ‘After a dull and wet bank holiday, I was looking forward to a pleasant evening in the theatre.’
    • ‘This courtesy came as a very pleasant surprise and we were more than willing to wait.’
    • ‘If the grand old manor house is anything to go by we are in for a pleasant surprise.’
    • ‘There will be refreshments during the interval to ensure a pleasant evening for all.’
    • ‘It was a pleasant surprise, after all this, to find that the book is a very professional piece of work.’
    • ‘Was there some other happy or less pleasant episode in her life that she felt she could commemorate?’
    • ‘At the outset, if her work was good, it would be a pleasant surprise for everyone.’
    • ‘To win both races has been a pleasant surprise, but the success is full deserved.’
    • ‘Sometimes it seems that we ourselves can cause the enjoyment of pleasant objects.’
    • ‘The fish was a pleasant surprise as I found it really meaty - full of texture and taste.’
    • ‘Religion sets down rules with the aim of making society a pleasant happy place in which to live.’
    • ‘Take a look around your stretch of coastline, you could get some very pleasant surprises.’
    • ‘Nowhere did it say they'd all be on the one paper, so that was a pleasant surprise.’
    • ‘It was a very pleasant evening and one that looks like it's going to become a regular occurrence.’
    • ‘Not all surprises are pleasant or harmonious, of course, but this one has a harmonious air.’
    • ‘It was more than a pleasant surprise and I ate a small part of my body weight in the stuff.’
    enjoyable, pleasing, pleasurable, nice, agreeable, satisfying, gratifying, welcome, good, acceptable, to one's liking
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    1. 1.1(of a person or their manner) friendly and considerate; likeable.
      ‘they found him pleasant and cooperative’
      • ‘She is now a bright, pleasant child of ten months who is on the waiting list for a donor.’
      • ‘It was the first time I had met the pleasant bloke, though he had registered four years back.’
      • ‘If you get a pleasant assistant, you can come out of the store feeling all is well with the world.’
      • ‘Andrew Wallace is a pleasant lad who seeks little glory but wants to do well in life.’
      • ‘Margaret was a pleasant and courteous lady who was very well liked by all who knew her.’
      • ‘He was an easy going pleasant man to deal with and he had a nice way of giving good or bad news.’
      • ‘A social worker who had worked with Fraser since described her as a lovely and pleasant girl.’
      • ‘He was, by all accounts an extremely pleasant person and of the highest integrity.’
      • ‘She is a very pleasant girl who gets on with everybody and we are very proud of her.’
      • ‘When the most pleasant person you meet on your way in is the ticket inspector, you know things are bad.’
      • ‘Not only did Anderson find animators more pleasant company but the genre itself drew him in.’
      • ‘Yet people who have met Gray tell me he is perfectly affable and pleasant, if a bit miserable.’
      • ‘Although anger simmered right under the surface, my voice was pleasant and calm.’
      • ‘I think he was a good family man and would have been perfectly pleasant to me.’
      • ‘I return to the same man on the cash desk and he is very pleasant, wishing me an enjoyable evening.’
      • ‘Increases in sales are more likely to stem from a good service and a pleasant manner.’
      • ‘He was pleasant and talkative, but I'd never have imagined he could be so unmerciful.’
      • ‘He was a quiet and reserved man, but so pleasant in his manner that he became a favourite with the nurses.’
      • ‘Blond and vivacious, Sarah was always a pleasant patient to have on the morning list.’
      • ‘He was very pleasant, even though he's obviously signed a lot of autographs today.’
      friendly, agreeable, amiable, affable, nice, genial, likeable, amicable, lovely, good-humoured, personable, congenial, hospitable, approachable, good-natured, companionable
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Middle English (in the sense ‘pleasing’): from Old French plaisant pleasing, from the verb plaisir (see please).