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1. Archaic Pleasure or a source of pleasure.
2. A secluded garden or landscaped area.

[Middle English plaisaunce, pleasantness, source of pleasure, from Old French plaisance, from plaisant, pleasant; see pleasant. Sense 2, originally Scots, after the Pleasance, a street in Edinburgh noted for its pleasure-grounds or walks in the 1500s.]


1. (Horticulture) a secluded part of a garden laid out with trees, walks, etc
2. archaic enjoyment or pleasure
[C14 plesaunce, from Old French plaisance, from plaisant pleasant, from plaisir to please]


(ˈplɛz əns)

1. a place laid out as a pleasure garden or promenade.
2. Archaic. pleasure.
[1300–50; Middle English plesaunce < Middle French plaisance. See pleasant, -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleasance - a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion
retreat - a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
2.pleasance - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experiencepleasance - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
delectation, delight - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
enjoyment - the pleasure felt when having a good time
pleasantness - the feeling caused by agreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
comfort - a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
sexual pleasure - pleasure derived from sexual activities


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Whereupon John went forth, and pawned his gold watch under the assumed name of John Froggs, 85 Pleasance.
They seem very gallant ships, and I trust that we shall have much pleasance from our meeting with them.
His offering, called X, will be at the Pleasance at EICC (venue 150) from August 2-26 starting at 7pm.
Plans include implementing a 20mph speed limit on the following roads: Rotchell Road, Rotchell Park and Rotchell Gardens, CorberryTerrace, Corberry Place and Corbell Hill,Troqueer Road between Pleasance Avenue, Church Street and Suspension Brae INCLUDINGWELLDALE, Welldale Park and KenmureTerrace.
It is on for two nights at the Pleasance theatre in Islington, North London, next month.
The production marks the first year of The Network, a partnership between the Scottish Drama Training Network and the Pleasance Theatre Trust, providing emerging talent trained in Scotland with a launchpad into the industry.
When she became a teacher educator, Pleasance was put in charge of planning and teaching a module on Wider Professional Practice and quickly learned that there was no key text to support it.
One of those was Donna Pleasance, who arrived with friend Jeanette Brennan for a fun day with 11 of their girlfriends.
And the next steps towards that will be taken this August, which Adam will spend playing his first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival (hosted by Just The Tonic, each teatime in the popular Fringe venue, The Caves), while he has also been asked to close the late show for Bound and Gagged Comedy's AAA Showcase (from 11pm each night) at the Fringe's most famous comedy complex, the Pleasance.
BORN FARRAH Fawcett, US actress, 1947, above JAMES Joyce, Irish novelist, 1882 LES Dawson, UK comedian, 1931 DIED PHILIP Seymour Hoffman, actor, 2014, GENE Kelly, American dancer, 1996, above DONALD Pleasance, film actor, 1995
Total quantity or scope of tender: LIT0463 The Redevelopment of the Pleasance Complex