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Webster 1913 Edition


Pleasant

Pleas′ant

,
Adj.
[F.
plaisant
. See
Please
.]
1.
Pleasing; grateful to the mind or to the senses; agreeable;
as, a
pleasant
journey;
pleasant
weather.
Behold, how good and
pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Ps. cxxxiii. 1.
2.
Cheerful; enlivening; gay; sprightly; humorous; sportive;
as,
pleasant
company; a
pleasant
fellow.
From grave to light, from
pleasant
to serve.
Dryden.
Syn. – Pleasing; gratifying; agreeable; cheerful; good-humored; enlivening; gay; lively; merry; sportive; humorous; jocose; amusing; witty.
Pleasant
,
Pleasing
,
Agreeable
. Agreeable is applied to that which agrees with, or is in harmony with, one’s tastes, character, etc. Pleasant and pleasing denote a stronger degree of the agreeable. Pleasant refers rather to the state or condition; pleasing, to the act or effect. Where they are applied to the same object, pleasing is more energetic than pleasant;
as, she is always
pleasant
and always
pleasing
. The distinction, however, is not radical and not rightly observed.

Pleas′ant

,
Noun.
A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Pleasant

PLEASANT

,
Adj.
plez'ant.
1.
Pleasing; agreeable; grateful to the mind or to the senses; as a pleasant ride; a pleasant voyage; a pleasant view. Light is pleasant to the eye; an orange is pleasant to the taste; harmony is pleasant to the ear; a rose is pleasant to the smell.
How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Ps.133.
2.
Cheerful; enlivening; as pleasant society or company.
3.
Gay; lively; humorous; sportive; as a pleasant companion.
4.
Trifling; adapted rather to mirth than use.
5.
Giving pleasure; gratifying.
This word expresses less than delightful, to the mind, and delicious, to the taste.

Definition 2022


pleasant

pleasant

English

Adjective

pleasant (comparative pleasanter or more pleasant, superlative pleasantest or most pleasant)

  1. Giving pleasure; pleasing in manner.
    • Bible, Psalms cxxxiii. 1
      Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant.
    We had a pleasant walk around the town.
    It wasn't so hot outside, but pleasant enough to have lunch in the garden.

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Noun

pleasant (plural pleasants)

  1. (obsolete) A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.

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