Pleasance Pleas"ance, n. [F. plaisance. See {Please}.] 1. Pleasure; merriment; gayety; delight; kindness. [Archaic] --Shak. ``Full great pleasance.'' --Chaucer. ``A realm of pleasance.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. A secluded part of a garden. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

The pleasances of old Elizabethan houses. --Ruskin. [1913 Webster]

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