Definition of pleasance in US English:



  • A secluded enclosure or part of a garden, especially one attached to a large house.

    • ‘St. Edmund's Pleasance is a medium-sized piece of parkland that stands at the top of East Hill, overlooking the whole of Dartford and the surrounding areas.’
    • ‘Escaping post-war London, the grieving widow directed her energies into creating her own decorative version of a Scottish pleasance, planting fruit and vegetables as well as flowers among its topiary.’
    • ‘He has gone to his pleasance, a place six miles away, where he will celebrate the festivities.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘pleasure’): from Old French plaisance, from plaisant ‘pleasing’ (see pleasant).