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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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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n (old)Lustgarten m (old)
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Whereupon John went forth, and pawned his gold watch under the assumed name of John Froggs, 85 Pleasance. But the nervousness that assailed him at the door of that inglorious haunt - a pawnshop - and the effort necessary to invent the pseudonym (which, somehow, seemed to him a necessary part of the procedure), had taken more time than he imagined: and when he returned to the billiard-room with the spoils, the bank had already closed its doors.
"They seem very gallant ships, and I trust that we shall have much pleasance from our meeting with them.
'Tis the haunt of the clear-voiced nightingale, Who hid in her bower, among The wine-dark ivy that wreathes the vale, Trilleth her ceaseless song; And she loves, where the clustering berries nod O'er a sunless, windless glade, The spot by no mortal footstep trod, The pleasance kept for the Bacchic god, Where he holds each night his revels wild With the nymphs who fostered the lusty child.
A white Renault, parked at Pleasance Cottages on Annan Road, had more than PS7,000 worth of electrical tools stolen.
Space Man, Pleasance Goose My mate came second in a Winston Churchill lookalike competition.
- - Pleasance Courtyard
(Assembly George Square Studios, August 12 to 25), Reginald D Hunter with his Brand-New Full-Throated Adventures (Pleasance Courtyard, July 31 to August 25), Clive Anderson with a one-man show entitled Me, Macbeth And I (Assembly George Square Studios, August 3 to 25).
He's a busy man but he's in Edinburgh with two productions, going back to his first love as a magician performing alongside David Aula in their acclaimed show The Vanishing Man and The Extinction Event, both at Pleasance Courtyard until August 27.
The men's draw will see two preliminary games take place with Ayrshire Tornadoes and Perth Phoenix facing off, while Pleasance and Portlethen Panthers go head-to-head for a place in the main draw.
It is on for two nights at the Pleasance theatre in Islington, North London, next month.
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.