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

MythBusters is entirely about the delights of scientific skepticism and the quest for truth. Johanna Blakley, Quartzy, "Four TV shows that both liberals and conservatives love—and one they both hate," 5 July 2019 This pasta maker requires none of the elbow grease and patience often associated with making the carb-y delight. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "This Ingenious Gadget Makes Fresh Pasta for You in Minutes," 2 July 2019 Almost immediately, Far from Home distances itself from everything that made Homecoming such a delight in 2017. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 1 July 2019 More than a year after melanoma, my running shoes are muddy once more, much to Maeve’s delight. Katie O'reilly, Outside Online, "Running After Melanoma," 30 June 2019 This project has been an absolute delight and brings together two of my favorite things—cars and the Pride community. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler Just Unveiled a BMW Convertible for Pride Month," 26 June 2019 For many, the best way to experience Iceland's geothermal delights is to literally plunge into one of Iceland's naturally occurring thermal baths. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites," 25 June 2019 Kawhi pulled off an extended standup-comedy routine by his standards while tipsy Marc Gasol was an undeniable delight. Michael Shapiro,, "Five Big Questions Surrounding Kawhi Leonard's NBA Free Agency," 25 June 2019 From its breathtaking museums and vibrant performing arts scene to its shopping and culinary delights, Washington has something for everyone. National Geographic, "Spend a perfect day in Washington, D.C. with tips from a local dancer," 3 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Today's New Moon could draw circumstances that delight you to no end., "Horoscope," 2 July 2019 Diehard Federer fans would delight if their Swiss hero were to win his ninth Wimbledon trophy, but more casual observers might treat such an outcome as little more than a case of déjà vu. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "What the Men Can Learn From the Women at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 Last year, Michael Gingold delighted horror fans with his book Ad Nauseam: Newsprint Nightmares from the 1980s, which collected vintage ads for such films as Friday the 13th, The Evil Dead, Cannibal Holocaust, and Re-Animator. Clark Collis,, "Vintage ads for Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Jedi showcased in new book Ad Astra," 21 June 2019 Patiño delights with the precise gestures to convey that though Ernesto is there to get paid to support his family, compassion for another person, even a privileged doofus, shouldn’t be conditional. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Unlikely friendship blossoms in ‘Papi Chulo’," 20 June 2019 Anthony Michael Harvey delights with a bright performance as the vain juvenile lead, Billy Lawlor., "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 In fact, four years later, in 2017, Vanderbilt delighted the internet by creating her own Instagram account. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Gloria Vanderbilt Was a Survivor, a Chameleon, and a Social Icon," 18 June 2019 Performing plays at Eton, Johnson delighted the other boys by forgetting his lines. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019 Denbo is, obviously, delighted, and gives me tips on the best way to experience it, including: see a water wench show and indulge in all the delicious food but maybe skip the pizza. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Creator Of American Princess Wants To Take You To The Ren Fair & You Really Should Let Her," 8 June 2019

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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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