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

Conversations about modern parenting's challenges, delights and shared experiences, delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "A nanny is the go-to for the kids. How can these parents reconnect?," 6 June 2019 Cherry bug, as it’s fondly known, is a native millipede which, unexpectedly, brings delight to many people. Ellen Nibali,, "This big bug smells good and beware of the Southern Blight fungus on tomato plants," 3 June 2019 Considered individually, these homes are beautiful objects — well proportioned, handsomely detailed, superbly crafted, a delight to behold. Blair Kamin,, "'The Power of Preservation': Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin on why historic preservation matters in Wilmette," 3 June 2019 Stock one of their bright kitchens with traditional Spanish delights from Mercado de San Antón for a deeper taste of day-to-day life in the barrio. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 For some folks, a balloon is an erotic object — a source of much pleasure and delight. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Balloon Fetishes, Straight From an Actual Looner," 22 May 2019 Stella Rosa Green Apple is crisp & refreshing, while Tropical Mango offers a juicy delight. Country Living, "Sip Into Spring with Two New Flavors," 9 Apr. 2019 Here, Gomez fills us in on the dark delights of the upcoming second set of episodes, premiering April 5. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Michelle Gomez Screamed When She Read the Final Episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 5 Apr. 2019 During his career, Platner worked on the original space for Windows on the World at the top of New York City’s World Trade Center, making this the destination for high profile business lunches and a tourist delight for dinners. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "The Platner Arm Chair Will Add Instant Mid-Century Sophistication to Your Home," 1 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many of us were delighted by the dong; others, like some pissed-off parents—and the Navy—were not. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Now F-35s Are Getting in the Sky Dong Game," 30 May 2019 Fans were delighted by the surprise collaboration, which gave people a chance to see all of their favorite Voice picks singing together. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Fans Think This 'Voice' Commercial Was Better Than Any of the Top 24 Performances," 30 Apr. 2019 Investors clearly were delighted by the prospect of change at the struggling home-goods retailer. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Investors Want Bed Bath & Beyond to Show a Turnaround," 10 Apr. 2019 Additionally, the statement also revealed that Princess Diana's siblings, Lady Jane Fellows, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Earl Spencer, were also delighted with the baby's arrival. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Shared Her Excitement About Harry and Meghan's Baby," 6 May 2019 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

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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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