de·​light·​ed di-ˈlī-təd How to pronounce delighted (audio)
obsolete : delightful
: highly pleased
was delighted to see her friend
delightedly adverb
delightedness noun

Examples of delighted in a Sentence

The children were especially delighted that there were enough cookies for each of them to have two. We were delighted by the performance. They are delighted at the prospect of a visit from their grandchildren.
Recent Examples on the Web Movies minted billions of dollars, sports king ESPN spawned staggering profits, and Disney’s theme parks teemed with delighted guests. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The home cooks in your life will be delighted to receive any of these gifts, including a Ninja Air Fryer, a set of nonstick All-Clad skillets, and this adorable mini waffle iron that will make mornings taste all the better. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 Our enemies and competitors are delighted by this strategy. WSJ, 17 Nov. 2023 The span, which connects San Francisco and Marin County, attracts tourists from all over the world who are delighted by its unusual orange-red color and the fog that always seems to be passing through its cables. Soumya Karlamangla, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 This reporter was especially delighted with the various succulents that grew along the dirt path. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2023 So Semple was delighted when producer William Dozier hired his friend to bring the Caped Crusader from the comic books to life in late 1965. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Nov. 2023 Ars Technica: What sort of connections have surprised and delighted (or terrified) you the most? James Burke: All three boil into one, really: delighted, terrified, and surprised. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2023 Your loved ones will be delighted to unwrap this gift this season. Kirsten Chanel Webber, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of delighted was in 1601

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“Delighted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: highly pleased : gratified, joyous
delightedly adverb
delightedness noun

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