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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The area is home to the northernmost towns in the world and more polar bears than people, while still playing host to a growing number of design hotels and delectable restaurants. Matilde Wergeland, Vogue, "A Visit to the Nordic Islands Where Polar Bears Outnumber People," 19 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Where to Eat The Haute Savoie offers many shades of delectable fare, starting with Sulpice’s spectacular meals and extending to local comfort food. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Exploring Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps," 7 Nov. 2018 The breezy restaurant is open for seaside snacks like delectable pizzas drizzled with spicy honey. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 And Chan is just one of many delectable, hot husband-worthy summer blockbuster studs. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "153 Things You Must Do, Make, Wear, Eat, and Drink This Summer," 21 June 2013 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

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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


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


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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

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