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



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

Early next year, Camden will open up Little Bean, an ice cream parlor where all of the chilled delights are made almost entirely out of chickpeas. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018 If that's not in your winter vaca budget, bringing home a taste of these British delights is certainly the next best thing. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Williams Sonoma Is Bringing Brings Harrods To The U.S. For The First Time," 6 Nov. 2018 The constant upending of expectation is one of The Dragon Prince’s biggest delights. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Dragon Prince is influenced by Avatar: The Last Airbender in the best ways," 7 Sep. 2018 Among all of the extraordinary delights of the flower garden, a very familiar bloom always sparks loads of admiration from veteran horticulturists and casual passersby alike. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Bright, Beautiful Zinnias," 13 Aug. 2018 The Tour de France's final stage brings the curtain down on three weeks of gastronomic delights with the best saved for last in the French capital. Fox News, "TASTE OF THE TOUR: Paris delights saving the best for last," 28 July 2018 There are plenty of visual delights, and keeping Tartakovsky as director of all three films creates a fluid sense of comedy and look. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 2018 One of the myriad delights of this memoir is its revealing vista onto the ethos of San Francisco in the ’70s and Los Angeles in the ’80s, deleted worlds in which outrageous characters stagger and strive. William Giraldi, The Seattle Times, "Glen David Gold’s new memoir is ‘a soiree of heart-wreck wised up by humor’," 9 July 2018 Neither, new research finds, does the human capacity to intuit the caloric content of such gustatory delights. Melissa Healy,, "Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Everyone is delighted and Mother and baby are doing well. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Has Given Birth to a Baby Boy," 16 Oct. 2018 Dalia Mogahed, the institute's research director, is delighted the de Young has taken on the topic. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 Royal fans were beyond-delighted when news broke this week that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding outfits are going on display at Windsor Castle very soon. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Interesting Reason Why Prince Harry's Real Wedding Uniform Won't Go on Display," 30 Aug. 2018 Yesterday, the eternal human sunshine commonly known as Reese Witherspoon delighted her followers by introducing them to a woman named Marilee Lessley, who's been serving as the actor's body double for over a decade now. D. Elizabeth, Allure, "Reese Witherspoon's Body Double Marilee Lessley Is Her Doppelgänger and Her Good Friend," 15 Aug. 2018 The Interval’s fern bar drinks wink and teach, instructing and delighting. Esther Mobley,, "SF’s Interval puts the fern bar on a cocktail menu," 20 June 2018 Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, (and some special guests) are sure to surprise & delight all of the families, cyclists, joggers, and walkers who gather together at the historic Fourth Ward Park Ampitheatre. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Alliance Theatre to offer free performance on Beltline this weekend," 21 May 2018 Those interested in mysticism and indigenous Mexican religions, from Santa Muerte to Voodoo, will be particularly delighted by the wares. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Markets in Mexico City," 5 Mar. 2018 The internet has spent the last several weeks discovering and then delighting in Google's Deep Dream image tool. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "How Google's AI Turns Random Noise Into Acid Trips," 10 July 2015

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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


see delight entry 2


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 \

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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