The definition of a pleasantry is a polite social remark made as part of general conversation, or a little joke.(noun)
When you and your neighbor stand and chat politely and make little jokes for a while as you both get the paper, this is an example of when you exchange pleasantries.
See pleasantry in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. pleasantries
Origin: Fr plaisanterie
See pleasantry in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. pleas·ant·ries
Origin: French plaisanterie
Origin: , from Old French plesanterie
Origin: , from plaisant, pleasant; see pleasant.
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