delight

1 of 2

noun

de·​light di-ˈlīt How to pronounce delight (audio)
dē-
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 beShakespeare

delight

2 of 2

verb

delighted; delighting; delights

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.
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
To the delight of movie audiences, her fearlessness in portraying characters of every dimension has resulted in an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Matt Grobar, Deadline, 12 July 2024 On lush Sentosa Island, the 30-acre compound delights both traditionalists — with a pair of 19th-century colonial manors — and modernists, with a serpentine Foster + Partners addition that loops around a rainforest and a trio of swimming pools. Elaine Glusac, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024
Verb
Dolly delights guests at Dollywood multiple times every year, but there’s never a set schedule, so timing is everything. Devarrick Turner, USA TODAY, 29 June 2024 Disney Junior’s Ariel (TV-Y) Streaming Age 2+ Fresh take on beloved mermaid will delight littlest viewers. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for delight 

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Word History

Etymology

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delight. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

delight

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

delight

2 of 2 verb
1
: to take great pleasure
delighted in playing guitar
2
: to give joy or satisfaction to : please greatly
a book sure to delight

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