Definition of pleasant in English:


adjectivepleasantest, pleasanter

  • 1Giving a sense of happy satisfaction or enjoyment.

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