de·lec·ta·ble | \ di-ˈlek-tə-bəl \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from delectable


delectability \-ˌlek-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
delectably \-blē \ adverb

Examples of delectable in a Sentence


The meals he prepares are always delectable. one of the most delectable men she's ever met


a gourmet shop filled with delectables for every palate, albeit not for every pocketbook
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

These little guys are vegetarian, gluten-free and delectable. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are there healthy food options at Summerfest? Kind of and we've ranked and rated them for you," 5 July 2018 With all the cooking, grilling and baking competitions out there, at least one will convince you to slap on an apron and attempt to nail a delectable creation. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "7 summer food shows that will inspire you to cook, grill and bake," 12 June 2018 Officine Buona Forchetta will whisk mom to the Italian countryside of Umbria for a feast of Northern Italian entrees, including pastas, pizzas and delectable desserts, along with a complimentary mimosa. Carolina Gusman,, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 It couldn't be masked by the old-fashioned pepperoni slices that curl up into delectable little grease cups. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018 Save room for one of the delectable doughnuts — among the best in Phoenix — in changing, seasonal flavors. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! Phoenix restaurants for best fried chicken," 6 July 2018 Bunsmith Located just a few blocks from the Brooklyn Museum, Bunsmith brings delectable Korean food to hungry visitors, meaning buns, bowls, and creative cocktails. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "What to Do Before or After Your Visit to the Brooklyn Museum," 1 June 2018 In addition to the over-the-top service, attention to detail, and heavenly surroundings, this boho-luxe sanctuary also offers delectable food thanks to Seddy’s incredible Italian cooking skills (ask for his pasta!). Matilde Wergeland, Vogue, "Where to Surf and Stay on Sri Lanka’s South Coast," 17 Jan. 2018 So that imagery, cradled by the trailer’s rickety score, makes for delectable nightmare fuel. Yohana Desta, HWD, "I Am the Night: Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins Pause Wonder Woman for Noir," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The birthday gal herself then used Snapchat to give her followers a glimpse into said celebrations, including a full spread of delectable-looking decorated donuts and adorable videos of baby True. Jen Juneau,, "Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Take Their Daughters to 'Baby Class' with Cousin Dream," 11 July 2018 Like clockwork, local artists and residents gathered in the cozy environs of The Crush Wine Lounge to sip vino, dine on delectable treats and most importantly, share their love of everything art as well as build camaraderie and friendship. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Art enthusiasts celebrate, build camaraderie at ‘ArtFeel Live’ in The Woodlands," 29 June 2018 Williams Family Kitchen is a brand manufactured by consumer good company Dean & Deluca, boasting the delectable recipes of superstar artist, producer and mogul Pharrell Williams' father, Pharaoh. Ashley Lyle, Billboard, "EEEEEATSCON Festival in Los Angeles Features Pharrell Williams' Company Williams Family Kitchen," 20 May 2018 The seasonings in the sauce made this dish most delectable. Claire Perez,, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018 This annual event is three days dedicated to delicious handmade chocolate and delectable cravings, including a Chocolate Scavenger Hunt. Chicago Tribune,, "Summer brings festivals and fairs to the Lake County region," 13 May 2018 Pop into Jessie Black and try resisting the urge to buy one of the designer's delectable cashmere throws. Genevieve Mimeault, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Travel Guide For A Coastal California Road Trip," 24 Oct. 2016 The birthday gal then used Snapchat to give her followers a glimpse into said celebrations, including a full spread of delectable-looking decorated donuts and adorable videos of baby True. Jen Juneau,, "Kim Kardashian West Wishes Sister Khloé a Happy Birthday with Sweet Photo of Their Daughters," 27 June 2018 The Old Farmer's Almanac attributes the Strawberry Moon name to the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the delectable berries. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Look up! Strawberry Moon is most colorful full moon all year," 25 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'delectable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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


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


see delectable entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about delectable

Share delectable

Dictionary Entries near delectable

delay line







Statistics for delectable

Last Updated

24 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for delectable

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for delectable



English Language Learners Definition of delectable

: very pleasant to taste or smell

: very attractive


de·lec·ta·ble | \ di-ˈlek-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of delectable

1 : very pleasing : delightful

2 : delicious

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on delectable

What made you want to look up delectable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


alleviating pain or harshness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!