delight

noun
de·light | \di-ˈlīt, 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

delight

verb

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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Other Words from delight

Verb

delighter noun

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

In the background, Swift’s face is equal parts delight and surprise. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Thinking Of Getting Engaged? Do It In Front Of Taylor Swift," 14 July 2018 How does Ojakangas manage to stuff so many delights into a mere 211 pages? Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "7 new cookbooks good enough for a beach read," 2 July 2018 England fans have experienced both delight and anguish in the prolonged time leading up to the eventual implementation of goal line technology. SI.com, "Why VAR is a Step in the Right Direction for Football Despite the Continued Scrutiny," 12 July 2018 Her performance as a Manhattan woman blazing her own path as a standup comedian is a major surprise, and a delight. Tom Gilatto, PEOPLE.com, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 Emily Giffin's delight in life's frivolities has never stopped her from taking on difficult issues. Bethanne Patrick, chicagotribune.com, "Emily Giffin's new novel is all her fans ever wanted," 29 June 2018 As the couple delights in their surroundings, the camera wanders to various museum works, such as those by Jacques-Louis David. Anchorage Daily News, "A guide to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s surprise joint album ‘Everything is Love’," 18 June 2018 By contrast, certain strains of gut bacteria delight in oligosaccharides, multiplying in the guts of nursing infants. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 The deeper delight in his performance comes in the handful of quieter moments, when Johnson is alone or when Schenkkan has him step out of a scene. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'All the Way' a brilliant political drama from Southern Rep," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The friendly debate started in 2014, with raw talent Javier Baez hitting majestic home runs and executing dazzling defensive plays while the decorated and steady Kris Bryant displayed his array of tools that delighted new-age evaluators. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' Javier Baez blossoms into a star on Kris Bryant's level," 12 July 2018 In addition to Beano’s Cabin and its gourmet dishes, there are many other local establishments that will delight your senses. Discover Magazine, "Be In the Moments, In the Mountains, Together," 22 June 2018 The trailer for the novel presents the story in all of its brightly colored glory, with the Fab Four appearing as impish dandies and the frames filled to overflowing with Easter eggs that will delight the band's fans. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Watch Trailer for Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' Graphic Novel," 23 May 2018 Among the city's top attractions, this original museum includes artifacts and relics of Alaska's incredible history that will delight history and aviation buffs. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Discover a wealth of arts and culture in Anchorage," 3 May 2018 Add a little extra touch by freezing edible flowers in the ice cubes for your punch, an easy party trick that will delight your girlfriends. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "How To Throw A Galentine's Day Party With Blushing Bohemian Style," 2 Jan. 2018 Fans on social media have quickly picked up on the name's hidden meaning, and many have been delighted by the apparent homage. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Name of Cardi B’s New Baby Might Be a Tribute to Offset," 11 July 2018 Trump reportedly asked Marie Louise Gorsuch to stand next to her husband during his nominating speech, and was delighted by the couple’s appealing image. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Supreme Court Pageant Could Come Down to Looks," 5 July 2018 Conservatives were delighted by Trump’s pick, and Senate Republicans quickly confirmed him by changing the body’s long-standing rules requiring 60 votes to break a filibuster for Supreme Court nominations. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s trophy case," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of delight

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for delight

Noun

see delight entry 2

Verb

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

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Dictionary Entries near delight

delict

delictum

delieret

delight

delighted

delightful

delight in

Phrases Related to delight

delight in

take delight in

to someone's delight

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delight

noun

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

delight

verb

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

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

delight

noun
de·light | \di-ˈlīt \

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.

delight

verb
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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