de·​light·​ful | \ di-ˈlīt-fəl How to pronounce delightful (audio) , dē-\

Definition of delightful

: highly pleasing a delightful surprise enjoyed a delightful brunch

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Other Words from delightful

delightfully \ di-​ˈlīt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce delightfully (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb
delightfulness noun

Examples of delightful in a Sentence

It has been delightful meeting you. That was a delightful party.
Recent Examples on the Web That delightful little electric car was reminiscent of Hondas past, like the N600 and S800, but updated for a carbon-free future. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Dear Honda, this adorable electric car needs to come to the US," 16 Sep. 2019 Three-foot-tall Marie Daly is a delightful polyantha covered with very fragrant, semi-double pink flowers that can turn almost white during periods of intense heat. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Polyantha roses are prolific bloomers and rugged survivors," 12 Sep. 2019 Brunetti, who’s known for his dark, delightful gag cartoons, fills every inch of his images with details, each of them small, finely wrought, and glinting with humor. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Ivan Brunetti’s “First Date”," 10 Sep. 2019 The Shop Around the Corner (1940) A delightful film from iconic director Ernst Lubitsch, this movie about pen-pals who turn out to be work rivals is just heart-wrenchingly romantic. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "45 Classic Movies to Watch If You Love Rom-Coms," 9 Sep. 2019 The ingredients included in this delightful bath bomb combine to create an aromatherapeutic powerhouse that can relax the body and clear the mind. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Lush Kicked Off Its Halloween Collection With a Mercury Retrograde Bath Bomb," 6 Sep. 2019 If this week’s events are anything to go by, the drama—both the bickering and the delightful sort—is just getting started. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "All the highlights from a momentous, ridiculous week in UK politics," 5 Sep. 2019 Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are known for their delightful mutual trolling on social media, with nary a birthday or anniversary between them going unnoticed without a little good-natured fun flung one direction or the other. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Ryan Reynolds Just Trolled Blake Lively With Unflattering Photos for Her Birthday," 25 Aug. 2019 These delightful concoctions are stuffed with lobster, topped with a white truffle foam and served in lobster bisque. Daily Pilot, "On Food: My top five dishes at the Pacific Food and Wine Classic and where to find them," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of delightful

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delightful

see delight entry 2

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The first known use of delightful was circa 1530

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How to pronounce delightful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of delightful

: very pleasant : giving or causing delight


de·​light·​ful | \ di-ˈlīt-fəl How to pronounce delightful (audio) \

Kids Definition of delightful

: giving delight : very pleasing

Other Words from delightful

delightfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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to spread as a report or rumor

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