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 The Latin Songs chart-topping smash has been lingering around the lower stretches of the Hot 100, but might need an extra push to get its delectable bounce and syrupy chorus to the Hot 100's top half. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Bad Bunny, Maluma and More Latin Stars Impacting the Hot 100's Top 20," 17 Nov. 2020 Georgetown’s Dumbarton House will host some area artisans ranging from delectable chocolate treats courtesy of Petite Soeur to soy candles crafted by Lita + Ro. Washington Post, "The best things to do — virtually and in person — while social distancing in the D.C. area," 12 Nov. 2020 Available starting today, Monday, November 9, for a limited-time at participating shops across the U.S., both doughnuts sound quite delectable. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Krispy Kreme Unveils Caramel Glazed and Salted Double Caramel Crunch Doughnuts for a Limited-Time Only," 9 Nov. 2020 This delectable chocolate set is perfect for food lovers, and extra perfect for food lovers who also love New York City, as each chocolate bar is decorated with iconic images of Harlem. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Oprah Shared Her Favorite Things List for 2020, and It Will Save Your Holiday Shopping," 9 Nov. 2020 In Studio Theatre’s audio-drama production, actor Gina Daniels infuses the slogan with a delectable mixture of snark, exasperation and weariness, seasoned with a grain of despair. Washington Post, "Audio adaptation of Beltway drama ‘Kings’ tantalizes but ultimately falls flat without a stage," 5 Nov. 2020 Truly the absolute softest, these Brooklinen sheets offered an immersive, delectable sleep experience. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best linen sheets of 2020," 5 Nov. 2020 These easy breakfast ideas include a variety of delectable brunch-worthy eats, like pancakes and French toast, without all the work. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "45 Easy Breakfast Ideas to Start the Day Off Right," 23 Oct. 2020 Now under the brand Sweet Christi’s, the soaps resemble delectable popsicles and chocolate bars while her bath salts come in play milkshake containers. NBC News, "5 young innovators who are shining bright during Covid-19," 19 Oct. 2020 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, "Gigi Hadid Shares Her Biggest Pregnancy Cravings with Fans on Instagram," 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,, "Here we go again...we ranked every musical number in the Mamma Mia movies," 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, "Joanna Gaines Hosts Hilarious Fake Book Signing at Home with Chip and Her Kids," 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, "See ‘Cheesehenge’ and Other Historical Homages Created for Archaeology Competition," 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, "What’s open, offering takeout and delivery in Northwest Houston," 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, "The math of brewing a better espresso," 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, "Chicken, the Thomas Keller Way," 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, "10 happy, joyful, funny TV shows to watch to escape the coronavirus news," 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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The first known use of delectable was in the 15th century

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25 Nov 2020

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“Delectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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