Etymology
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pleasantry (n.)

1650s, "sprightly humor in conversation, witticism, raillery," from French plaisanterie "joke, jest; joking, jesting," from plaisant "pleasant, pleasing, agreeable" (see pleasant). From 1701 as "a sprightly or humorous saying." Related: Pleasantries.

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Definitions of pleasantry

pleasantry (n.)
an agreeable or amusing remark;
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