Meaning of “pleasantry” in the English Dictionary

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"pleasantry" in British English

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pleasantrynoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈplez.ən.tri/ us /ˈplez.ən.tri/ formal

a polite and often slightly humorous remark, usually made to help other people feel relaxed:

After exchanging pleasantries, the delegation revealed the purpose of their visit.

(Definition of “pleasantry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pleasantry" in American English

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pleasantrynoun [ C usually pl ]

us /ˈplez·ən·tri/

a polite remark, usually made by people when they first meet to show they are friendly:

The officials shook hands and exchanged pleasantries about the weather before getting down to business.

(Definition of “pleasantry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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