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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.]
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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]
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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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleasantry - an agreeable or amusing remark; "they exchange pleasantries"
jest, joke, jocularity - activity characterized by good humor
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pleasantry

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

pleasantry

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

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

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

[ˈplɛzntrɪ] n (joke) → battuta di spirito, spiritosaggine f; (polite remark) to exchange pleasantriesscambiarsi convenevoli
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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.
These bitter-sweet pleasantries lasted ten minutes, sometimes longer, but always finished thus:
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Surrounded by an entourage of bodyguards, Mayweather made his way to the ring and exchanged pleasantries with the Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard before taking his seat ringside.
The ambassador in a boat visited different sections of the guava market and talked to the farmers and traders and exchanged pleasantries. Later the US envoy talked to the journalists when he highly praised the floating market.
Qureshi and Retno Marsudi had exchanged pleasantries while Qureshi congratulated the Indonesian Foreign Minister on President, Joko Widodo's second victory in the general elections.
Summary: Osaka [Japan], June 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday was seen exchanging pleasantries and making a small conversation with US President Donald Trump during the "family photo" of world leaders participating in the G-20 Summit here.
BISHKEK -- Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries during their interaction on the sidelines of 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek, the Pakistan foreign minister said Friday.
Quoting Indian official sources, The Print said Modi exchanged pleasantries with Imran at the leaders' lounge at the summit venue.
BISHKEK -- Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Premier Narendra Modi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries when they interacted on the sidelines of 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek, the Pakistan foreign minister said on Friday.
Following exchange of pleasantries the two leaders sat for bilateral talks.
Across the archipelago, candidates patiently waited in long lines for their turn to vote, exchanging pleasantries with other voters as their bodyguards, or police escorts in the case of detained Sen.

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