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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Even the use of dead rodents —a meal that would seemingly be delectable to a giant lizard — hasn’t tricked the reptile into capture. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Giant lizard in Florida evades capture, torments family: It's 'terrifying to look at'," 31 Aug. 2018 Little Italy Food Hall, a collective of six food stations offering delectable fare in varying forms, won’t just rely on Italian cooking (though, yes, there will be pizza). Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Dig into San Diego’s Amazing New Food Hall," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of delectable

1 : very pleasing : delightful
2 : delicious

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