de·​light·​ful | \di-ˈlīt-fəl, dē-\

Definition of delightful 

: highly pleasing a delightful surprise enjoyed a delightful brunch

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Other Words from delightful

delightfully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb
delightfulness noun

Examples of delightful in a Sentence

It has been delightful meeting you. That was a delightful party.

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Alternate with a delightful-smelling hand sanitizer, like this 32-once lavender gel ($24.35) from EO Botanical. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 There is nothing quite as delightful as being fed at a fashion show. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s What Your Thanksgiving Feast Might Look Like on a Runway," 22 Nov. 2018 Attractively costumed by Rose Tringali, Marcotte’s cast of delightful characters delivers exciting performances and many, many chuckles. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Spirited comedy, courtesy of APL scientists," 19 Apr. 2018 There's nothing quite as delightful as watching a baby discover something for the very first time. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "This Video of a Baby Seeing Herself In a Camera For the First Time Ever is Utterly Adorable," 20 Jan. 2016 If the weather is agreeable, grab one of the picnic tables outside, although the homey interior is also quite delightful. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "How to Spend a Fall Weekend on the North Shore of Massachusetts," 15 Oct. 2018 There’s also a delightful haunted house full of helpful tip-offering ghosts. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Minit is a beautifully crafted love letter to classic games and the art of death," 7 Apr. 2018 In fact, it's been delightful to go outside and power up that thing, then throw something on. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Foil-Packet Salmon on the Grill," 15 May 2012 Scroll ahead for the most delightful, decadent, and slightly outrageous hats from the 2018 Royal Ascot. Ana Colon, Glamour, "The Best Hats From the 2018 Royal Ascot," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of delightful

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delightful

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The first known use of delightful was circa 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of delightful

: very pleasant : giving or causing delight


de·​light·​ful | \di-ˈlīt-fəl \

Kids Definition of delightful

: giving delight : very pleasing

Other Words from delightful

delightfully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb

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