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From French plaisanterie. Surface etymology is pleasant +‎ -ry


pleasantry (countable and uncountable, plural pleasantries)

  1. A casual, courteous remark.
  2. A playful remark; a jest.
    • 2014, Daniel Taylor, England and Wayne Rooney see off Scotland in their own back yard (in The Guardian, 18 November 2014)[1]
      Charlie Mulgrew could easily have been shown two yellow cards by a stricter referee and amid all the usual Anglo-Scottish pleasantries, the two sets of fans put an awful lot of effort into trying to drown out one another’s national anthems.
  3. (dated) Anything that promotes pleasure or merriment.


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