• WordNet 3.6
    • n pleasance a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience "he was tingling with pleasure"
    • n pleasance a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" after Alice Pleasance Liddell. It was to be believed he fell in love with her and asked the parents if he could some day marry her. The parents disconnected their friendship. Alice Liddell has 12 letters, as does the pen name Lewis Carroll. It's a coincidence he uses 2 r's where the 2 d's are, as with the 2 L's.
    • Pleasance A secluded part of a garden. "The pleasances of old Elizabethan houses."
    • Pleasance Pleasure; merriment; gayety; delight; kindness. "Full great pleasance .""A realm of pleasance ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pleasance Pleasant manners; agreeable behavior; complaisance.
    • n pleasance Pleasure; Satisfaction; enjoyment; delight.
    • n pleasance Pleasure; will.
    • n pleasance A garden, especially a pleasure-garden, or part of a garden attached to a mansion but secluded or screened by trees, shrubs, and close hedges.
    • n pleasance A kind of lawn or gauze in use in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In one instance at least it is mentioned as used for a napkin. It was sometimes black.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pleasance merriment: a pleasure garden
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. plaisance,. See Please
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plaisir (Fr. plaire)—L. placēre, to please.


In literature:

I made a garden deep in ease, A pleasance for my lady's joys.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
That unhappy lady, as soon as she found herself at liberty, fled, as we have already mentioned, into the Pleasance.
"Kenilworth" by Sir Walter Scott
For they of joy and pleasance to you sing, That all the woods them answer, and their echo ring.
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Various
I will come to you in the studio or Pleasance as soon as I am disengaged.
"A Laodicean" by Thomas Hardy
There, you may add your own affairs to the list, Henrietta, for he is going to the Pleasance to meet some man of brick and mortar.
"Henrietta's Wish" by Charlotte M. Yonge
In former days the ground they trod had been a pleasance the width of the house, bordered, doubtless, by the forest.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Nor betwixt sorrow and sorrow, but betwixt sorrow and pleasance.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
When Lilith in her pleasance sat.
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier
Rather, I bear a general parade and smooth pleasance open to the glimpses of the moon.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
I burn ay in an amorous pleasance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

The maiden pleasance of the land
Knoweth no stir of voice or hand,
No cup the sleeping waters fill,
The restless shuttle lieth still.
"For The Briar-Rose" by William Morris

In news:

Pelton, Auerbach, Pleasance Elected to EAA Board of Directors.
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Pelton, Auerbach , Pleasance Elected to EAA Board of Directors.
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Eight years ago, 23-year-old Michael Pleasance was shot and killed by an officer at the 95th Street Red Line "L" stop.