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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Other Words from delight


delighter noun

Synonyms for delight

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In short interviews, a few testify to this directly, expressing their fondness for the music and their delight at returning to work. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra makes auspicious video concert debut with breathtaking ‘In Focus’ program: Review," 16 Oct. 2020 Back in June, Larraín expressed his delight over Stewart's casting for the major role and shared his faith in her upcoming portrayal. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kristen Stewart Opens Up About the Pressure to Portray Princess Diana in Upcoming Biopic Spencer," 7 Oct. 2020 To our delight, two years after ‘Oumuamua, Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov discovered C/2019 Q4 using a homemade telescope; it was soon renamed 2I/Borisov—the second interstellar object. David Jewitt, Scientific American, "Everything Scientists Know So Far about the First Interstellar Objects Ever Detected," 1 Oct. 2020 To his delight, forces in the laser actually pushed the ball into the center of the beam and held it there, trapping it in place. Washington Post, "Arthur Ashkin, Nobel-winning physicist who trapped molecules with light, dies at 98," 28 Sep. 2020 The repair shops are a sensory delight, filled with shiny brass and lustrous wood, with students tapping, pounding and scraping. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Red Wing college is home to elite program in musical instrument repair," 4 Oct. 2020 Sprinkle in some decadent chocolate and sweet betrayals to get a full understanding as to why Like Water For Chocolate continues to be a sinful delight nearly three decades after its release. Rosy Cordero,, "Like Water For Chocolate stage adaptation in the works with original music by La Santa Cecilia," 1 Oct. 2020 Swisher, in the middle of a $27 million contract, raced up and down the hallways in delight at his apparent good fortune. James Wagner, New York Times, "Meet the Biggest Prankster in Baseball: Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman," 29 Sep. 2020 These grisliest of tomes are the subject of Megan Rosenbloom’s (non-anthropodermic) book Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin, which is, against all odds, a delight. Wired Staff, Wired, "13 Books You Need to Read This Fall," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Such changes would probably delight Ms. Bivona, who said the 10-person maximum is simply unrealistic. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Cuomo’s Virus Crackdown Angers Catholics, Who Say They’re Singled Out," 19 Oct. 2020 Halloween inflatables will be on hand to delight the attendees., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 16 Oct. 2020 If the condition of the cottage was somewhat misleading, other aspects of Cal’s new surroundings delight him. Washington Post, "Tana French’s ‘The Searcher’ nods to John Ford’s famous Western with the story of a loner on the hunt for a lost teen," 5 Oct. 2020 Expertly captured in a studio setting by Randal Ford, this book will delight any reader. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Animal coffee table books that make great gifts and conversation fodder," 1 Oct. 2020 Photographs of the mid-19th century construction of the spire will delight hardcore Notre Dame fans. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Paris Reopens Notre Dame Crypt to Visitors, More Than 1 Year After Fire," 14 Sep. 2020 These galleries are full of things that are meant to delight, to appeal to aesthetic receptors independent of politics. Washington Post, "I returned to the National Gallery seeking comfort. But art no longer feels like an escape.," 7 Oct. 2020 But even solo, Murray’s antics will continue to delight. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Who will be next must-see player to emerge in NFL?," 27 Sep. 2020 With what entertainment did the two collaborators decided to delight viewers? Clark Collis,, "Watch Jurassic World: Dominion stars Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum perform dyno-mite duet," 7 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of delight was in the 13th century

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Delight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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