delight


1de·light

noun \di-ˈlīt, dē-\

: a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction

: something that makes you very happy : something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction

Full Definition of DELIGHT

1
:  a high degree of gratification :  joy; also :  extreme satisfaction
2
:  something that gives great pleasure <her performance was a delight>
3
archaic :  the power of affording pleasure

Examples of DELIGHT

  1. We watched the fireworks with delight.
  2. The kids screamed in delight as they chased one another around the park.
  3. To the delight of the children, there were enough cookies for everyone to have two.
  4. Some people seem to take great delight in hearing about the misfortunes of others.
  5. The trip was a delight.
  6. a garden full of tasty delights
  7. The magazine is a cook's delight.
  8. The stories are a delight to read.

First Known Use of DELIGHT

13th century

Rhymes with DELIGHT

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2delight

verb

: to make (someone) very happy : to give (someone) great pleasure or satisfaction

Full Definition of DELIGHT

intransitive verb
1
:  to take great pleasure <delighted in playing the guitar>
2
:  to give keen enjoyment <a book certain to delight>
transitive verb
:  to give joy or satisfaction to
de·light·er noun

Examples of DELIGHT

  1. The toy delighted the children.
  2. The stories will delight readers of all ages.

Origin of DELIGHT

Middle English deliten, from Anglo-French deliter, from Latin delectare, frequentative of delicere to allure, from de- + lacere to allure
First Known Use: 13th century

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