Pleasantry



[plez-uh n-tree] /ˈplɛz ən tri/

noun, plural pleasantries.
1.
good-humored teasing; banter.
2.
a humorous or jesting remark.
3.
a courteous social remark used to initiate or facilitate a conversation:
to exchange pleasantries.
4.
a humorous action.
/ˈplɛzəntrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(often pl) 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
n.

“sprightly humor in conversation,” 1650s, from French plaisanterie “joke, jest; joking, jesting,” from plaisant (see pleasant). Related: Pleasantries.

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