de·​lec·​ta·​ble | \ di-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce delectable (audio) \

Definition of delectable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : highly pleasing : delightful a delectable melody
2 : delicious a delectable meal



Definition of delectable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is highly pleasing or delicious especially : a delicious food item pastries and other delectables

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delectability \ di-​ˌlek-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce delectability (audio) \ noun
delectably \ di-​ˈlek-​tə-​blē How to pronounce delectably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of delectable in a Sentence

Adjective The meals he prepares are always delectable. one of the most delectable men she's ever met Noun a gourmet shop filled with delectables for every palate, albeit not for every pocketbook
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Houston-area residents, however, can get delectable versions of those classics and so, so much more On World Series with a schmear: The Astros bagel Sure, there are plenty of other holidays that likely garner your interest. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Craving greasy food? Here's where to satisfy your craving in Houston for National Greasy Foods Day," 25 Oct. 2019 Cars with clean histories, fanboy followings and delectable stories rise to the top. Sue Callaway, Los Angeles Times, "Driven: For collectors of classic used cars, Bring a Trailer is a market disruptor," 17 Oct. 2019 Considering the UNESCO World Heritage site's delectable offerings of fresh seafood, wildly underrated wine, and endless views of the sparkling Adriatic sea, Dubrovnik is best savored as a long weekend rather than a one-off port of call. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Dubrovnik, Croatia," 14 Oct. 2019 Long roast-like strands of rough-hewn but nuanced pig, with some delectable end char. Appreciated the delicate subtle smokiness to both meats. Matt Wake |, al, "Add this spot to the list of Alabama barbecue must-do’s," 10 Oct. 2019 Every item on the menu delivers the delectable tastes of France., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 Black Coffee brings the depth out of the R&B icon's performance with a delectable groove that takes no milk, only cream. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Black Coffee & Usher, Riva Starr & More," 13 Sep. 2019 Players saunter into the clubhouse only to find round, delectable pastries with a hole in the middle that supposedly will fuel them for the next nine innings. Stephanie Apstein,, "Rise and Shine: MLB Players Reveal the Ritual of Day Game Doughnuts," 12 Sep. 2019 In photos posted to her Instagram story yesterday, Kylie Jenner showed off the most delectable shoe collection to ever grace social media. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's Shoe Closet Is as Massive as You Expected," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Author GP Gottlieb demonstrates some of her book’s best recipes - delectable, vegan dips and cakes. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Aug. 27," 27 Aug. 2019 The entire Thursday media session at Spiaggia, the acclaimed eatery on Michigan Avenue, was delectable. Teddy Greenstein,, "Scenes from an Italian restaurant: 5 takeaways from Pat Fitzgerald’s media session at Spiaggia, including Hunter Johnson’s need to ‘grip it and rip it’," 5 Sep. 2019 Food selections include the tasty seafood at Phil’s Fish Market (7600 Sandholdt Road), an appetizing breakfast from Moss Landing Café (421 Moss Landing Road) or the delectable fried artichokes at the food truck. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "Bay Area summer collectibles events from Moss Landing to Niles," 4 July 2019 Every year around this time, a delectable wave of Brazilian music sweeps across the Bay Area, bringing a lush, vivifying surge of beauty to the fading days of summer. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Don’t miss Benji & Rita as Brazilian wave hits Bay Area," 27 Aug. 2019 Undine’s ascent begins with this delectable mismatch between her shallow, ridiculous perceptions and her unbelievably savvy instincts. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "What Edith Wharton Knew, a Century Ago, About Women and Fame in America," 10 Sep. 2019 In her navy blue food truck kitchen, Mitchell works wonders, whipping up delectables for happy hour and dinner. Dwight Brown, Essence, "ESSENCE Eats: The New York Fashion Week Edition," 7 Sep. 2019 Nick and Chopra arrived holding hands, with the Quantico actress wearing a delectable feathered dress. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra's Little Black Feather Dress Has So Many Sheer Panels," 18 Aug. 2019 Shanghai, China Why go now: Chinese Moon Festival begins September 13 A vibrant megacity offering an endless range of daring architecture, trendy fashion, and delectable bites, Shanghai teems with adventure. National Geographic, "5 can’t-miss experiences in September," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of delectable


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delectable

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin delectabilis, from delectare to delight — more at delight

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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of delectable was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of delectable

somewhat formal
: very pleasant to taste or smell
humorous : very attractive


de·​lec·​ta·​ble | \ di-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce delectable (audio) \

Kids Definition of delectable

1 : very pleasing : delightful

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