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


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

Black Coffee brings the depth out of the R&B icon's performance with a delectable groove that takes no milk, only cream. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Black Coffee & Usher, Riva Starr & More," 13 Sep. 2019 Players saunter into the clubhouse only to find round, delectable pastries with a hole in the middle that supposedly will fuel them for the next nine innings. Stephanie Apstein,, "Rise and Shine: MLB Players Reveal the Ritual of Day Game Doughnuts," 12 Sep. 2019 In photos posted to her Instagram story yesterday, Kylie Jenner showed off the most delectable shoe collection to ever grace social media. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's Shoe Closet Is as Massive as You Expected," 23 Aug. 2019 Panfish are delectable fish that are small enough to be fried up in a pan. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Gladwin fisherman caught with more than 1,400 panfish in garage," 22 Aug. 2019 But Houston restaurants have some originally delectable cheese dishes, too. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrate National Cheese Day in Houston with these delicious dishes," 4 June 2019 Gleam Salmon’ and ‘Ladybird Rose’ are also delectable choices for a PSL garden. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Plant a Pumpkin Spice Latte-Inspired Garden That Looks Good Enough to Drink," 9 Aug. 2019 Below, the chef reveals a few of her go-to spots for sourcing delectable ingredients in the City of Angels. Vogue, "Chef Daniela Soto-Innes on Community, Success, and Sourcing the Freshest Ingredients," 21 June 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every year around this time, a delectable wave of Brazilian music sweeps across the Bay Area, bringing a lush, vivifying surge of beauty to the fading days of summer. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Don’t miss Benji & Rita as Brazilian wave hits Bay Area," 27 Aug. 2019 Undine’s ascent begins with this delectable mismatch between her shallow, ridiculous perceptions and her unbelievably savvy instincts. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "What Edith Wharton Knew, a Century Ago, About Women and Fame in America," 10 Sep. 2019 In her navy blue food truck kitchen, Mitchell works wonders, whipping up delectables for happy hour and dinner. Dwight Brown, Essence, "ESSENCE Eats: The New York Fashion Week Edition," 7 Sep. 2019 Nick and Chopra arrived holding hands, with the Quantico actress wearing a delectable feathered dress. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra's Little Black Feather Dress Has So Many Sheer Panels," 18 Aug. 2019 Shanghai, China Why go now: Chinese Moon Festival begins September 13 A vibrant megacity offering an endless range of daring architecture, trendy fashion, and delectable bites, Shanghai teems with adventure. National Geographic, "5 can’t-miss experiences in September," 30 Aug. 2019 North and South Blueberry Mix Dried, sweetened blueberries are delectable, but expensive. Susan Clotfelter, The Know, "Bored with raisins? Try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes," 27 Aug. 2019 On a breezy Monday in June, chef Daniela Soto-Innes prepared a delectable three-course dinner at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Vogue, "Chef Daniela Soto-Innes on Community, Success, and Sourcing the Freshest Ingredients," 21 June 2019 The flesh is firm and juicy, the skin delectable, the flavor briny. Sheryl Julian,, "At Short & Main in Gloucester, the kitchen excels at many things, including local fish, roasted whole," 30 July 2019

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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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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
2 : delicious

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