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

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 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 So that imagery, cradled by the trailer’s rickety score, makes for delectable nightmare fuel. Yohana Desta, HWD, "I Am the Night: Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins Pause Wonder Woman for Noir," 2 July 2018 So far as can be ascertained this delectable potion is NOT the staple diet of the Esquimaux (check THAT spelling!). Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: The historic Alaska cocktail," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Its delectable vegetarian menu, hailing from nearby farms, is tempting even for carnivores: spicy fava beans, maple-glaze sweet potatoes, Maine grains spelt gnocci and white chocolate cremeux. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "The world’s best waterfront restaurants promise more than a view," 23 July 2019 The serene, spacious boutique hotel also has a romantic restaurant overlooking a reflective lake where breakfast is as irresistible as degustation dinners of delectables such as confit duck leg and marron. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Travel Guide to Western Australia," 16 July 2019 Giada De Laurentiis The Italian chef has a detailed reason for choosing a seven-layer chocolate cake as her last request over any of her own delectable savory dishes. Ana Calderone,, "Stars and Chefs Reveal What They'd Eat for Their Last Meal," 28 June 2019 Smoked The third method eliminates grilling entirely, but the results are no less smoky or delectable. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Coleslaw Kissed by Fire," 2 Aug. 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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