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 delectable (audio) \ noun
delectably \ di-​ˈlek-​tə-​blē How to pronounce delectable (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 Yet these albums include some of Arca’s most accessible and delectable work. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2021 Chef Luis Aban prepares a delectable menu featuring sea-to-table cuisine as well as specialties from the grill. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 It is best known for its delectable ice cream sandwiches, which come in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and mint sandwiched between two old-fashioned oatmeal cookies and then covered in dark chocolate. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2020 The Barefoot Contessa star and cookbook author has partnered with online food marketplace Goldbelly to provide hungry shoppers nationwide with her delectable desserts., 8 Dec. 2021 WeCool Toys offers not-actually-delectable sensory delights like the Butter Slime Rainbow Cake Surprise and the Butter Slime Waffle Maker. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 The delectable dish was smoked on Ogbonnia’s balcony at his former apartment and served at last year’s dinner. Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 While most holiday dishes are loaded with butter and sugar, those two ingredients aren't a requirement for a delectable dish. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 19 Nov. 2021 John also always manages to bring the most delicious, delectable Korean food in the most beautiful presentation ever, always. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hadid took to Instagram yesterday to share snapshots of delectable-looking bites she's indulged in while sheltering in place at her family's farm in Pennsylvania amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Aug. 2020 The camp fantasies of Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Julie Walters riding jet skis on a yacht is delectable, but the number lacks the pizazz of so many others. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 11 June 2020 Released earlier this week, the second cookbook from the Waco Wonder Woman is filled with delectable recipes for hits like Cajun shrimp sheet pan dinner, zucchini bread, oatmeal cream pies, and more. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 10 Apr. 2020 One delectable Stonehenge entrant is a marshmallow masterpiece submitted by Priya Bhatnagar of Belle Mead, New Jersey. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2020 Three courses available for $45 dinner menu with choice of salad, entree and delectable dessert, or select 2-course lunch for $29 featuring lunch portion of entrees. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2020 Skilled baristas know that achieving the perfect complex flavor profile for a delectable shot of espresso is as much art as science. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2020 The chicken comes with a couple of sides, often lush macaroni and cheese, delectable collard greens or feathery buttermilk biscuits. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 With delectable-looking treats aplenty and kindness abounding, the series (barring the most recent season) is pure joy. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Delectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of delectable

: very pleasant to taste or smell : delicious
: very attractive


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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