de·​li·​cious | \ di-ˈli-shəs How to pronounce delicious (audio) \

Definition of delicious

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


plural Deliciouses or Delicious

Definition of Delicious (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from delicious


deliciously adverb
deliciousness noun

Examples of delicious in a Sentence

Adjective This is the most delicious ice cream I have ever eaten. Delicious aromas were floating from the kitchen. a delicious bit of gossip
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First Known Use of delicious


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delicious


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

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27 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for delicious


de·​li·​cious | \ di-ˈli-shəs How to pronounce delicious (audio) \

Kids Definition of delicious

: giving great pleasure especially to the taste or smell

Other Words from delicious

deliciously adverb

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