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

delectation, feast, gas [slang], joy, kick, manna, pleasure, treat

Synonyms: Verb

crow, exuberate, exult, glory, joy, jubilate, kvell, rejoice, triumph

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Examples of delight in a Sentence


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.


The toy delighted the children. The stories will delight readers of all ages.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since then, the entire city has maintained its terra-cotta pink coloring, much to the delight of Instagram-happy travelers. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 And stocks always glitch—to the delight of those bond-buying automatons. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Stock Picking Is Like Time Travel," 13 Jan. 2019 For those who aren't familiar, here's the deal: Like some sort of well-contoured fairy godmother, Ulta, to the delight of beauty fans everywhere, will be slashing its prices to half-off for three weeks during the semi-annual event. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale for Fall Is Happening Soon, So Mark Your Calendars," 20 Aug. 2018 The teasers are too short to get more than a taste of the new series, but FX screened the pilot at NYCC last month to the delight of attendees. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Vampires navigate NYC in first teasers for What We Do in the Shadows," 1 Nov. 2018 While Kaepernick’s fans expressed their delight, his detractors took to social media to upload images of themselves burning their Nike shoes, and some state, city, and college officials took steps to ban the brand. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Companies used to stay quiet about politics. In 2018, social causes became integral to their branding.," 17 Dec. 2018 Sometimes, at least initially, weight seems to be coming off, much to their delight. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 But for all the delight, Pashinian faces significant challenges, not least that the Republicans remain a sizeable majority in parliament. NBC News, "Armenia's new prime minister is ex-journalist behind protests," 8 May 2018 Yes, in light of all the delights 2017 had to offer women, Doritos has decided gendered nacho corn chips is a great use of its time and resources. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "Doritos Thinks 'Chips for Women' Is Something the World Needs Right Now," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By wasting no time making Viard’s new role official, Chanel put a quick end to the fiendish guessing game of who’s on next that fashion routinely delights in. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 So delighted the Duke & Duchess of Sussex made it through the snow to show their support! Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wrote Messages on Bananas at a Sex Worker Nonprofit," 1 Feb. 2019 The 94-year-old Cook’s comment delighted her husband, who quickly reminded viewers that John Wilkes Booth killed a president, who was obviously Abraham Lincoln. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Hollywood grande dame Carole Cook goes after Trump: 'Where's John Wilkes Booth when you need him?'," 10 Sep. 2018 From late 2008 to mid-2009, this outfit of Calabasas teens who robbed celebrity mansions delighted the press with their take-from-the-rich, give-to-themselves antics. Jessica Goldstein, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: This Bling Ring Member’s Voice-mail Meltdown," 16 Apr. 2018 Shutterstock Guys, Kim K just dyed her hair the most un-Kim-K-like color ever, and the look would delight everyone from Eiffel 65 to the Blue Man Group. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Just Dyed Her Hair Dark, Inky Blue," 13 June 2018 Originally running from 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling was responsible for terrifying and delighting the minds of generations previous. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi TV Guide," 16 Jan. 2019 Williams writes in a familiar, dinner-party style, delighting guests with tales of her exploits. Lisa Feldman Barrett, New York Times, "How Elastic Is Your Brain?," 25 June 2018 Speaking of film, Ratatouille fans will delight at John Derian's whimsical cheeseboards skittering with tiny mice. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Can Halloween Home Decor Be Chic? These Items Make the Case," 26 Oct. 2018

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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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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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