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de·​lec·​ta·​ble di-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce delectable (audio)
: highly pleasing : delightful
a delectable melody
: delicious
a delectable meal
delectability noun
delectably adverb


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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
The guide includes tips and advice on everything from the best rides, to delectable dishes, to navigating a solo trip. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Rubbing potatoes with oil and sprinkling them with salt before baking in the oven transforms the entire spud, skin and all, into a delectable dish anyone would happily devour. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2023 This soup is a delectable variation of our All-You-Can-Eat soup. Manal Aman, Woman's Day, 5 Jan. 2023 The living quarters resemble more accommodating versions of the high-concept Japanese eateries known for their delectable sushi cuts and celebrity clientele. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 23 Dec. 2022 The healthy living shake from Isagenix, IsaLean Protein Shake, is a delectable meal replacement that's ideal for people with a busy schedule. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2022 For the hostess, a fun way to kick off dinner conversation is with a delectable set of stickers of your favorite dishes. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 14 Dec. 2022 The clean-smelling aromas continue with middle notes of lavender and clary sage that are enhanced by delectable notes of peach and apricot. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Located just under three hours from Houston in Round Rock, Texas, this magnificent retreat boasts top-notch amenities, endless entertainment options for the whole family and an array of delectable dining, spa and shopping experiences. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 14 May 2023
Shapiro, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, launched the company in 2020 after a pandemic cooking experiment took off and kept rolling thanks to the popularity of his doughy delectables. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2023 This delectable, protein blend is composed of 80% Whey Protein Isolate and 20% Micellar Casein. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 Lou Dallas’s delectable–and very missed–sensibility is clear in the pieces. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 7 Nov. 2022 André Giroux used his fingers to manipulate the paint in the sky in delectable-on-all-counts Santa Trinità dei Monti in the Snow, from the late 1820s, a rarest-of-rare Roman snow scene. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 19 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


Adjective and Noun

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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Delectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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: highly pleasing : delightful

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