de·​lec·​ta·​tion | \ˌdē-ˌlek-ˈtā-shən, di-;ˌde-lək-\

Definition of delectation 

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Examples of delectation in a Sentence

Here is some chocolate for your delectation. tourists enjoying the delectations of this tropical paradise for the first time

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This is a case where a woman’s nudity is presented for women’s delectation, not men’s. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Fifty Shades Freed Is a Pleasure. Just Don’t Call It a Guilty One," 8 Feb. 2018 The only pleasures remaining to the audience are the brief delectation of the flowing pre-Raphaelite hair of Beauty (Leslie Keller) and a lame joke about prosopagnosia. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Theater The best and rest of Rhinofest," 8 Feb. 2018 Manchester City's Belgian maestro Kevin de Bruyne signed a new five-year-contract on Monday; to the delectation of the fans., "In Case You Didn't Know: Incredible Stats Show Kevin de Bruyne Is Europe's Best Goal Provider," 23 Jan. 2018 Here, for our delectation, was an unlikely gleaming specimen, a municipal unicorn. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Second Avenue Subway Is Here!," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of delectation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of delectation

: pleasure or enjoyment

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