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

So, like any good hostess would, Trisha quickly followed up her delicious first serving with an equally delectable second round: Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood lands in stores this month. Lori Berger, Redbook, "Trisha Yearwood's Home Cooking," 18 Mar. 2010 Lauded in Philadelphia since 2008, Zahav serves up innovative (and delectable) Israeli cuisine. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 2019 Now, she’s established a friendly, pared-back space with delectable scallion pancakes that will serve as a welcome reprieve from the noise of South by Southwest. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 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 cobbler, from Seattle’s late Boat Street Cafe, went on to become our favorite family dessert, with a delectable top crust formed by drizzling hot water over sugar. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, " writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 On her Instagram story last night, the 26-year-old posted photos from the private ceremony, including their delectable wedding cake. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Her Wedding and Honeymoon," 22 Oct. 2018 Gastrobar is a homey retreat for muhammara and pumpkin soup, and the commodious Black Rabbit, which nods to Scandinavia with its abundance of light wood and greenery, serves a delectable eggplant caviar with goat cheese mousse. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Why Moldova Is a Wine Destination Worth Knowing Now," 27 Sep. 2018 The Peerless is another historic hotel—built in 1904—with six rooms and a delectable restaurant. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why This Oregon Town Could Be the Next Napa," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The delectable fare was served upon plaid dishes from Ralph Lauren’s Home Collection. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Celebrates the Launch of Its Mini Stirrup Watch at—Where Else?—The Polo Bar," 14 May 2019 That could change with a new project by New Belgium brewery, makers of the beloved Fat Tire and other delectable brews. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "New Belgium Builds a Brewery in a Denver Hotel," 12 Apr. 2019 The squash tagine with preserved lemon and mint is delectable, as are the sweet potato tofu casserole and Lebanese eggplant stew. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Your Easter brunch already features some delectable bites, but this deep-dish quiche will take the decadence to a whole new level. Beth Lipton, Country Living, "Bacon and Leek Deep-Dish Quiche," 8 Mar. 2019 Backstage, the models and crew prepped and nibbled on delectable bites from The Smile, and guests in the main dining hall enjoyed the event’s highly anticipated chicken pot pie dinner. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala Dinner," 6 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, lilies are delectable treats to many rodents including squirrels and chipmunks. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Lily Flowers," 1 Aug. 2018 Even so, the selection looks a delectable as any meal kit service. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Drinks were modeled after the four elements—Air, Earth, Fire, and Water—and enjoyed before guests moved into the ballroom for delectable and warming nibbles such as truffle lobster risotto and the signature chicken pie. Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg and Edward Enninful Host One Celestial Bash at Claridge’s," 30 Nov. 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

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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