Definition of pleasantry in English:


Line breaks: pleas|ant¦ry
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
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    • 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.
    banter, badinage; inconsequential remark, friendly/good-natured remark, polite remark, casual remark
    North American informal josh
  • 1.1A mild joke: he laughed at his own pleasantry
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    • 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).

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