delicious

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adjective

de·​li·​cious di-ˈli-shəs How to pronounce delicious (audio)
1
: affording great pleasure : delightful
a delicious bit of gossip
2
: appealing to one of the bodily senses especially of taste or smell
a delicious meal
delicious aromas
deliciously adverb
deliciousness noun

Delicious

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noun

plural Deliciouses or Delicious
: a sweet red or yellow eating apple of U.S. origin that has a crown of five rounded prominences on the end opposite the stem

Example Sentences

Adjective This is the most delicious ice cream I have ever eaten. Delicious aromas were floating from the kitchen. a delicious bit of gossip
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The carousel also featured a photo of a delicious mountainside meal and an adorable picture of the fiancés beaming at one another, wrapping with a snap of them kissing. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 These Kobe beef croquettes are apparently so delicious, people are willing to wait three decades for an order. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 14 Nov. 2022 Which also means the stakes are pretty high for a delicious meal pulled off without a hitch. Lauryn Azu, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Though some ingredients repeat, the menu is not one-note; each dish contributes to a symphony of textures and flavors, and the result is a delicious meal bountiful enough to feed six to eight people that shouldn’t break the bank. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 Unlike regular dinner parties where guests are assigned a seat for the night, Simkhai wanted his guests to enjoy a delicious meal without all the fuss. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2022 From crisp vegetables to ice-cold milk and fresh eggs, a good refrigerator plays a major role in the making of any delicious meal. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2022 Pair it with roasted zucchini or Brussels sprouts and a side salad for a delicious low-carb meal. Emily Laurence, Good Housekeeping, 25 Sep. 2022 Over 80 people attended, danced, and ate a delicious meal at the Chabad Israeli Center of Aventura. Sun Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin deliciosus, from Latin deliciae delights, from delicere to allure

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of delicious was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Delicious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delicious. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

delicious 1 of 2

adjective

de·​li·​cious di-ˈlish-əs How to pronounce delicious (audio)
: giving great pleasure : delightful
especially : very pleasing to the taste
deliciously adverb
deliciousness noun

Delicious

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noun

De·​li·​cious
di-ˈlish-əs
plural Deliciouses or Delicious
: a sweet red or yellow apple of U.S. origin that has five bumps arranged around the end opposite the stem

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