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de·​light di-ˈlīt How to pronounce delight (audio)
: a high degree of gratification or pleasure : joy
children squealing in delight
also : extreme satisfaction
seems to take delight in the misfortunes of others
: something that gives great pleasure
her performance was a delight
archaic : the power of affording pleasure
of more delight than hawks or horses beShakespeare


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delighted; delighting; delights

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The fight between red states and BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has been a gawker’s delight. Ron Lieber, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2023 In this easygoing delight, a Dublin single mother (Eve Hewson) falls for a guitar teacher in L.A. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Jan. 2023 To my shock, and delight, there was nothing in that suitcase but bare essentials. Marion Winik, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 To Cindy and Maggie's mutual delight, Cindy got the job. Francesca Street, CNN, 27 Jan. 2023 The northern region of the country is an unexpected delight and an ideal location for outdoorsy activities. Stephanie Walden, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2023 To Gulmi’s delight, her coat was quickly identified. Harriet Baskas, NBC News, 25 Jan. 2023 Additionally, the league went all out by having Joakim Noah, Tony Parker, Magic Johnson, Ben Wallace, and a plethora of legends and former players take the floor during timeouts, much to the crowd's delight. Morten Stig Jensen, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 Fraser, 54, was met with loud cheers and a standing ovation after being introduced right before the movie began at the Prince Charles Cinema, much to the actor's delight. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023
To top it all off, check out the impressive 5,000-bottle wine cellar with a wine tasting room that will delight any oenophile. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 20 Jan. 2023 Our editors have polled retailers, combed through our reader’s favorite buys, and mined 2022 pop culture moments to select 10 gifts that will delight any receipt. The Get Editors, Vogue, 9 Dec. 2022 Instead of relying on the usual things that delight you, make a point of widening your interpretation of the world! Chicago Tribune, 21 Dec. 2022 Hand blown in the Czech Republic, these designer baubles will command attention at your holiday soirée and delight you at every sight after. Grace Smith, Town & Country, 5 Dec. 2022 These days readers have an enormous range of stories to delight them as contemporary fantasy engages with an ever-widening pool of cultural sources that encompass the world’s collective mythologies. Liz Braswell, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2022 The Benaim family dynamic—dark humor, frank talk, Teflon love—never ceased to delight him. Daniel Poler, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2022 The company has a pack of four to delight you, called Dobie, Wilbur, Purple and Duck. David Phelan, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Although they’re meant to delight us with the daily drama of being part of the global elite, streamers pushing narratives about the one percent in our current climate does sometimes feel like a misstep. Ineye Komonibo,, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Delight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
de·​light di-ˈlīt How to pronounce delight (audio)
: extreme pleasure or satisfaction : joy
: something that gives great pleasure


2 of 2 verb
: to take great pleasure
delighted in playing guitar
: to give joy or satisfaction to : please greatly
a book sure to delight

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