delectable

adjective
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

delectable

noun

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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Other Words from delectable

Adjective

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

Now, she’s established a friendly, pared-back space with delectable scallion pancakes that will serve as a welcome reprieve from the noise of South by Southwest. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 The latter, known for her acrylic beaded carryalls, now offers a delectable pretzel design—replacing any gluten guilt with pure fashion fun. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Only Buy These Handbags at Saks—And WE WANT THEM ALL," 8 Mar. 2019 The cobbler, from Seattle’s late Boat Street Cafe, went on to become our favorite family dessert, with a delectable top crust formed by drizzling hot water over sugar. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Food52.com writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 On her Instagram story last night, the 26-year-old posted photos from the private ceremony, including their delectable wedding cake. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Her Wedding and Honeymoon," 22 Oct. 2018 Gastrobar is a homey retreat for muhammara and pumpkin soup, and the commodious Black Rabbit, which nods to Scandinavia with its abundance of light wood and greenery, serves a delectable eggplant caviar with goat cheese mousse. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Why Moldova Is a Wine Destination Worth Knowing Now," 27 Sep. 2018 The Peerless is another historic hotel—built in 1904—with six rooms and a delectable restaurant. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why This Oregon Town Could Be the Next Napa," 8 Aug. 2018 The latter’s pocket-biography of Brunet suggests that the events of this work had roots in the fictional author’s own life—adding a layer of conceptual icing to this delectable pastiche. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Case of Mistaken Identity," 11 Oct. 2018 The open, modular floor plans are filled with the delectable detritus of a lifetime of thinking and designing: African masks, bright Afghan textiles, little prototypes for toys never built. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That could change with a new project by New Belgium brewery, makers of the beloved Fat Tire and other delectable brews. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "New Belgium Builds a Brewery in a Denver Hotel," 12 Apr. 2019 The squash tagine with preserved lemon and mint is delectable, as are the sweet potato tofu casserole and Lebanese eggplant stew. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Your Easter brunch already features some delectable bites, but this deep-dish quiche will take the decadence to a whole new level. Beth Lipton, Country Living, "Bacon and Leek Deep-Dish Quiche," 8 Mar. 2019 Backstage, the models and crew prepped and nibbled on delectable bites from The Smile, and guests in the main dining hall enjoyed the event’s highly anticipated chicken pot pie dinner. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala Dinner," 6 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, lilies are delectable treats to many rodents including squirrels and chipmunks. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Lily Flowers," 1 Aug. 2018 Even so, the selection looks a delectable as any meal kit service. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Drinks were modeled after the four elements—Air, Earth, Fire, and Water—and enjoyed before guests moved into the ballroom for delectable and warming nibbles such as truffle lobster risotto and the signature chicken pie. Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg and Edward Enninful Host One Celestial Bash at Claridge’s," 30 Nov. 2018 Even the use of dead rodents —a meal that would seemingly be delectable to a giant lizard — hasn’t tricked the reptile into capture. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Giant lizard in Florida evades capture, torments family: It's 'terrifying to look at'," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of delectable

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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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delectable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of delectable

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

delectable

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

Kids Definition of delectable

1 : very pleasing : delightful
2 : delicious

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