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

Adjective The meals he prepares are always delectable. one of the most delectable men she's ever met Noun a gourmet shop filled with delectables for every palate, albeit not for every pocketbook
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Those secrets range from the shame of being homophobic when her kids were young to the delectable fact that Astrid herself is now sleeping with her (also female, also older) hairdresser, Birdie Gonzalez. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Beach Read With Teeth," 15 May 2020 Have everyone make their own cake or cupcakes inspired by a beautiful and delectable dessert image (byway of Google or Pinterest), a la Nailed It! on Netflix. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "15 ways to still celebrate 2020 graduation with friends and family," 30 Apr. 2020 For Southern youngsters, Nurture Life creates nutritionally balanced meals that are portioned by age (babies to 18) and delectable enough that mom or dad will want to steal more than a few bites. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "8 Restaurant-Worthy Meal Kits and Meal Delivery Services Southerners Will Love," 25 Apr. 2020 Explore Peru’s diverse and delectable cuisine and visit some of the city’s many sights and museums. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's 9-Day Peru Adventure Itinerary," 23 Apr. 2020 Autumn De Wilde's Jane Austen adaptation is not only delectable to look at, the soundtrack of the 2020 film Emma. is a joy to listen to as well. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "The Folk-Heavy Emma Film Soundtrack Has A Major Fleabag Connection," 21 Feb. 2020 Unfortunately, the only way to get a hold of one of these delectable desserts is to book a stay at the Hilton hotel. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "DoubleTree Just Shared the Recipe for Its Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies," 13 Apr. 2020 Katchor offers multiple descriptions of this cuisine, and prints delectable old menu cards. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "An Illustrated Love Song to Jewish Restaurants of Old," 16 Mar. 2020 Keep in mind, almost every museum now offers delectable gifts and art through online shopping. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Tour these 12 amazing museums closed for coronavirus virtually," 18 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Released earlier this week, the second cookbook from the Waco Wonder Woman is filled with delectable recipes for hits like Cajun shrimp sheet pan dinner, zucchini bread, oatmeal cream pies, and more. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Joanna Gaines Hosts Hilarious Fake Book Signing at Home with Chip and Her Kids," 10 Apr. 2020 One delectable Stonehenge entrant is a marshmallow masterpiece submitted by Priya Bhatnagar of Belle Mead, New Jersey. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "See ‘Cheesehenge’ and Other Historical Homages Created for Archaeology Competition," 22 Apr. 2020 Three courses available for $45 dinner menu with choice of salad, entree and delectable dessert, or select 2-course lunch for $29 featuring lunch portion of entrees. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "What’s open, offering takeout and delivery in Northwest Houston," 3 Apr. 2020 Skilled baristas know that achieving the perfect complex flavor profile for a delectable shot of espresso is as much art as science. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The math of brewing a better espresso," 22 Jan. 2020 The chicken comes with a couple of sides, often lush macaroni and cheese, delectable collard greens or feathery buttermilk biscuits. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Chicken, the Thomas Keller Way," 9 Mar. 2020 With delectable-looking treats aplenty and kindness abounding, the series (barring the most recent season) is pure joy. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "10 happy, joyful, funny TV shows to watch to escape the coronavirus news," 12 Mar. 2020 Doughnuts from Hero Doughnuts - Wake up on Valentine’s Day to a dozen delectable donuts from Hero Doughnuts. al, "Win Valentine’s Day by gifting a Birmingham-made sweet," 11 Feb. 2020 Chef Fermín Nuñez of Suerte in Austin, Texas, chars tomatoes and shallots to make a delectable, smoky sauce for roast branzino. WSJ, "Crunch Time: Your Super Bowl Snacking Guide," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of delectable was in the 15th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Delectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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

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