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pleas·ant·ry

 (plĕz′ən-trē)
n. pl. pleas·ant·ries
1. A humorous remark or act; a jest.
2. A polite social utterance; a civility: exchanged pleasantries before getting down to business.
3. A good-humored or playful manner in conversation or social relations.

[French plaisanterie, from Old French plesanterie, from plaisant, pleasant; see pleasant.]

pleasantry

(ˈplɛzəntrɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be polite: they exchanged pleasantries.
2. an agreeably humorous manner or style
3. rare enjoyment; pleasantness: a pleasantry of life.
[C17: from French plaisanterie, from plaisant pleasant]

pleas•ant•ry

(ˈplɛz ən tri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. good-humored teasing; banter.
2. a humorous action or remark.
3. a courteous remark used to facilitate a conversation.
[1645–55; < French plaisanterie, Old French plesanterie. See pleasant, -ry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleasantry - an agreeable or amusing remark; "they exchange pleasantries"
jest, joke, jocularity - activity characterized by good humor

pleasantry

noun (usually plural) comment, remark, casual remark, polite remark They exchanged pleasantries about the weather.

pleasantry

noun
A courteous act or courteous acts that contribute to smoothness and ease in dealings and social relationships
amenity (used in plural), civility, courtesy, politeness, propriety (used in plural).
Translations

pleasantry

[ˈplezntrɪ] N
1. (= joke) → chiste m, broma f
2. (= polite remark) → cumplido m
to exchange pleasantriesintercambiar los cumplidos de rigor

pleasantry

[ˈplɛzəntri]
n
(= joke) → plaisanterie f pleasantries
npl (= polite remarks) → civilités fpl
to exchange pleasantries → échanger des civilités

pleasantry

n (= joking remark)Scherz m; (= polite remark)Höflichkeit f, → Nettigkeit f

pleasantry

[ˈplɛzntrɪ] n (joke) → battuta di spirito, spiritosaggine f; (polite remark) to exchange pleasantriesscambiarsi convenevoli
References in classic literature ?
These bitter-sweet pleasantries lasted ten minutes, sometimes longer, but always finished thus:
They amused themselves heartily, for a while, at the expense of his terrors; and after having played off divers Crow pranks and pleasantries, suffered him to depart unharmed.
Marnoo, at the other extremity of the house, apparently desirous of making a diversion in my favour, exerted himself to amuse with his pleasantries the crowd about him; but his lively attempts were not so successful as they had previously been, and, foiled in his efforts, he rose gravely to depart.
I called you back for some more serious purpose than to mix you up with our little domestic pleasantries.
He never turned his face to mine, or answered, except in monosyllables, the questions I put, or such slight pleasantries as I ventured.
A certain number of pleasantries were exchanged in the broad, slow accent of the Isle of Thanet, and there was uproarious laughter at the sallies of the local wag.
But his pleasantries were cut short by the whale's next attack-- another smash at the stern that carried away the rudder and destroyed the steering gear.
That it was not of an oppressively grave character, but was enlivened by various pleasantries arising out of the subject, was clear from their loud and frequent roars of laughter, which startled Barnaby on his post, and made him wonder at their levity.
Video footage and photographs showed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries before they sat down on the same sofa for a brief discussion.
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