Definition of pleasantry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplɛz(ə)ntri/

noun (plural pleasantries)

(usually pleasantries)
1An inconsequential remark made as part of a polite conversation: after an exchange of pleasantries, I proceeded to outline a plan
More example sentences
  • And off we both went through the rain, pleasantries exchanged and honour satisfied.
  • After the introductions were done they exchanged pleasantries with Caitlyn who answered politely to all of them.
  • Johnson attempted to start conversation with some pleasantries but Bill was not very talkative.
inconsequential remark, friendly/good-natured remark, polite remark, casual remark
North American informal josh
1.1A mild joke: he laughed at his own pleasantry
More example sentences
  • He puts on a spectacle so that the guests presume "the whole matter as a well-contrived pleasantry."
  • Pleasantry is allowable, not waggery. Besides, even laughter must be kept in check.
joke, witticism, quip, jest, gag, witty remark, sally;
French bon mot
informal wisecrack, crack


Late 16th century: from French plaisanterie, from Old French plaisant 'pleasing' (see pleasant).

Words that rhyme with pleasantry

peasantry, pheasantry

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Line breaks: pleas|ant¦ry

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