Definition of menus plaisirs in English:

menus plaisirs

Pronunciation /mɛnˌjuː plɛˈzɪə/


  • Simple pleasures; small personal expenses or gratifications; frivolous or inessential objects bought with a personal allowance intended for this purpose.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Vanbrugh (1664–1726), playwright and architect. From French menus plaisirs small pleasures, pocket money from menus, masculine plural of menu + plaisirs, plural of plaisir.