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

The costumes seem to be a particular delight of Colman's. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown's Olivia Colman Talks Queen Elizabeth and the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Feb. 2019 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "25 Mother's Day Bible Verses to Share With Your Mom," 5 Apr. 2019 Even in coach, Swiss delights with multi-course meals, fine Swiss wines and cheeses, and niceties like amenity kits and adjustable headrests. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best International Airlines: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 These peculiar delights have puzzled scientists who tried to figure out their exact origin story. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Moon's Most Mysterious Feature Now Has an Origin Story," 7 Sep. 2018 The world's biggest beginner golfer cackles with delight. Andrew Sharp,, "There's Never a Bad Time With Deandre Ayton," 12 June 2018 No wonder the little princess was skipping up those stairs with delight. Southern Living, "What a Sweetheart: Princess Charlotte Aces Bridesmaid Duties For the Second Time," 19 May 2018 In several of the Tuesday primaries, Democrats are watching with delight, and having less trouble aligning behind nominees. Bill Barrow,, "GOP primaries shaping up as rightward march with Trump," 6 May 2018 During the tour, Tiffany is at times a wide-eyed child, squealing with delight at her first look at a shark. Brenda Cain,, "Aspiring marine biologist Tiffany Everhart gets VIP treatment at Cleveland Aquarium: A Greater Cleveland," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The president followed through with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch less than a month after his inauguration, delighting religious conservatives nationwide. Washington Post, "Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal," 30 June 2018 Slowing Things Down Switzerland has lowered its pace, seemingly content, though perhaps not delighted, with a 1-1 draw. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Switzerland Does Enough to Advance in World Cup," 28 June 2018 Naturally, Lennox did the exact opposite, delighting parents and other spectators. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "WATCH: 3-year-old baseball player's slow-motion 'run' to home plate goes viral," 1 May 2018 President Truman was said to be delighted by the briefing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a CIA Spyplane Had to Dodge a Spear During the Cold War," 14 Jan. 2019 Is this a purposeful Easter egg, a treat planned to delight the most avid royal watchers? Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Did Kate Middleton Wear the Same Thing in This Year's Christmas Card as in the One from 2015?," 14 Dec. 2018 The ability to delight millions of children — and adults, too — all over the world is priceless, and often taken for granted. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How Caroll Spinney Amassed a Large Net Worth and So Much More From 'Sesame Street'," 17 Oct. 2018 For folks who love midcentury modern design’s open plans and glass walls, this expansive 1965-built house 30 miles north of Manhattan will be sure to delight. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Airy midcentury home updated for modern living asks $3.95M," 9 Aug. 2018 In short: Beijing officials are just as aware as studio execs in Burbank that hurting left-leaning Hollywood is more likely to delight America's current tweeter-in-chief. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Hollywood Get Caught in Trump's China Trade War Crossfire?," 13 July 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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