de·​light | \ di-ˈlīt How to pronounce delight (audio) , dē- \

Definition of delight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a high degree of gratification or pleasure : joy children squealing in delight also : extreme satisfaction seems to take delight in the misfortunes of others
2 : something that gives great pleasure her performance was a delight
3 archaic : the power of affording pleasure of more delight than hawks or horses be— Shakespeare


delighted; delighting; delights

Definition of delight (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take great pleasure delighted in playing the guitar
2 : to give keen enjoyment a book certain to delight

transitive verb

: to give joy or satisfaction to Her books delight readers of all ages.

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delighter noun

Synonyms for delight

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of delight in a Sentence

Noun We watched the fireworks with delight. The kids screamed in delight as they chased one another around the park. To the delight of the children, there were enough cookies for everyone to have two. Some people seem to take great delight in hearing about the misfortunes of others. The trip was a delight. a garden full of tasty delights The magazine is a cook's delight. The stories are a delight to read. Verb The toy delighted the children. The stories will delight readers of all ages.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To the delight of fans, the 68-year-old actor is reprising his role in the new CSI: Vegas spinoff. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 7 Oct. 2021 On Sunday evening, Tucci, 60, uploaded a video on Instagram showing off his pasta-making skills, which came much to the delight of the Deadpool star, 44. Nicholas Rice,, 4 Oct. 2021 After teasing the new GV60 last month, the South Korean automaker released the technical specifications on Thursday, to the delight of EV lovers everywhere. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2021 Eventually, the gator manages to fit inside the container, and Bozzi closes the lid, to the delight of cheering onlookers. David Aaro, Fox News, 30 Sep. 2021 Both companies have pledged investments at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Baltimore County, now known as Tradepoint Atlantic, for turbine manufacturing, to the delight of local officials and skilled workers. Christine Condon,, 28 Sep. 2021 Styled by Downing, the models showed off their stylish ensembles to the delight of everyone in attendance. Ian Malone, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 And to the delight of football fans everywhere, Fox Sports' Gus Johnson was on the call. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 With the flick of one Fairy Rat-father's wand, Gonzo gets to rock the dress of their dreams -- in disguise -- to the delight of the Muppet Babies. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The cult hit was originally based on Les Liaisons dangereuses, a French novel about narcissistic exes who delight in manipulation, seduction, and betrayal. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 1 Oct. 2021 And don’t miss the Symphony under the Stars, where guests can delight in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Strings under a canopy of twinkling stars. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The myth of Cupid and Psyche and its literary offshoots teaches us to delight in the mysterious. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 12 Sep. 2021 Early reviewers of A Raisin in the Sun dismissed Hansberry while pretending to delight in her. Imani Perry, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 The creativity shown by each gallery in curating their individual exhibition space leads to delight and often surprise at every turn and an appreciation of how the careful grouping of genres can create something even bigger. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 For an unexpected present that is destined to delight, give the gift that keeps on giving with a recurring delivery of one of the best subscription boxes. Samantha Rees, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2021 Special to Detroit Free Press Not many teams have spit in the eye of the Belleville Tigers, but Livonia Churchill did so Friday with a grind-it-out ground attack and some clutch defensive plays to delight its home fans, 28-21. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2021 Evening readings cool into the 70s to delight all who venture out for fireworks displays. Washington Post, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of delight


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for delight

Verb and Noun

Middle English deliten, from Anglo-French deliter, from Latin delectare, frequentative of delicere to allure, from de- + lacere to allure

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The first known use of delight was in the 13th century

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“Delight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of delight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction
: something that makes you very happy : something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction



English Language Learners Definition of delight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) very happy : to give (someone) great pleasure or satisfaction


de·​light | \ di-ˈlīt How to pronounce delight (audio) \

Kids Definition of delight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : great pleasure or satisfaction : joy The baby clapped with delight.
2 : something that gives great pleasure Visiting with them was a delight.


delighted; delighting

Kids Definition of delight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to take great pleasure Grandma delights in showing us her old photos.
2 : to give joy or satisfaction to The show delights all ages.

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