One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).
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