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 That’s why The Lovebirds, in all its harebrained glory, is such a delight. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Lovebirds Is a Delightful Screwball Comedy Elevated by the Charms of Its Leading Duo," 21 May 2020 The seven strongholds, constructed using Ikea products and household items, are a delight. Fortune, "How Jeff Bezos built an A.I.-driven “cyber contraption” that puts customers first," 19 May 2020 Picture a place where the sun always shines, blooming wildflowers sway in the breeze, and fresh-baked bread is a daily delight. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Ways to Try the Cottagecore Trend for a Taste of the Simple Life," 18 May 2020 Patti LuPone is a regal delight as a studio executive’s wife who hires Jack as a gigolo. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Hollywood’ Gives Movie History a Sudsy Rewrite," 30 Apr. 2020 Start with Will Smith, who was a congenial delight as the larger-than-life blue Genie. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Music Moments in 2019 Movies," 18 Dec. 2019 And yeah, everyone, all the bar staff and everyone who works there is just a delight, and everyone's laid off right now and not working and not getting money for shows and stuff. Condé Nast Traveler, "Catching Up with Catherine Cohen: Women Who Travel Podcast," 5 May 2020 Rashida Jones as Barris’ wannabe Instagram influencer wife is a delight, and the young actress (Iman Benson) at its center is a star. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Now See This' Newsletter: An ‘Upload’ to Download and a Trip to ‘Hollywood’," 1 May 2020 One of the babies laughed with delight and seemed absolutely transfixed. Sophie Hardach, New York Times, "Do Babies Cry in Different Languages?," 15 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chuck grabs the hand of a woman watching and the two of them perform an impromptu routine that delights both the crowd and the busker, whose tip jar overflows. Ruth Franklin, New York Times, "Can’t Sleep? Let Stephen King Keep You Company," 19 Apr. 2020 Not a single woman was nominated for Best Director, despite several female directors putting out films that delighted audiences over the last year. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Oscars," 4 Feb. 2020 Perhaps there is no pinpointing why Aldridge seems to delight in making Oklahoma City miserable. Jeff Mcdonald,, "LaMarcus Aldridge is the Spurs’ not-so-secret weapon vs. Oklahoma City Thunder," 1 Jan. 2020 McConnell, it should be noted, has seemed to delight in being painted as Democrats’ Enemy No. 1. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Amy McGrath has officially announced her Senate race against Mitch McConnell," 9 July 2019 Far below the streets, metro stations’ walls and colonnades delighted me with bronze-relief figures of veal farmers and welders. Alex Halberstadt, The New Yorker, "October’s Child: The Year I Left the Soviet Union," 5 Apr. 2020 Blue and her mom are a dynamic duo, and the pair keeps surprising and delighting us with each new moment. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Blue Ivy Carter Won Her First NAACP Image Award," 23 Feb. 2020 So in some ways, Textio terrifies me and delights me. Wired Staff, Wired, "How Machine Learning Can Help Stamp Out Hiring Bias," 21 Feb. 2020 Along with '70s bell bottoms and '80s neon makeup, the hair flip of the past may be coming back to haunt and/or delight us. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Selena Gomez’s Hair Flip Is Straight Out of the Sixties," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

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

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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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