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Meaning of “pleasantry” in the English Dictionary

"pleasantry" in British English

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pleasantrynoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈplez.ən.tri/ formal
a ​polite and often ​slightlyhumorousremark, usually made to ​help other ​peoplefeelrelaxed: After exchanging pleasantries, the ​delegationrevealed the ​purpose of ​theirvisit.
(Definition of pleasantry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pleasantrynoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈplez·ən·tri/
a ​politeremark, usually made by ​people when they first ​meet to show they are ​friendly: The ​officialsshookhands and ​exchanged pleasantries about the ​weather before getting down to ​business.
(Definition of pleasantry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pleasantry”
in Chinese (Simplified) 客套话, 打趣的话…
in Turkish hoş/güzel söz, takılma, lâtife…
in Russian любезность, вежливое замечание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 客套話, 打趣的話…
in Polish uprzejmość…
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