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

Definition of delightful

: highly pleasing a delightful surprise enjoyed a delightful brunch

Other Words from delightful

delightfully \ di-​ˈlīt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce delightful (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 Joyce has been in our brains, playing in the place where meaning is made, and this can feel disturbing or delightful. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2022 Samsung's C-Lab startups — the company's internal accelerator program — didn't disappoint this year, with some unusual but delightful products. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 Emotions come and go; toys appear and disappear; new and delightful experiences manifest themselves in totally unpredictable ways. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2021 The new Bronco is a singular and delightful new machine as well as a clear and present rival to the Wrangler. Josh Max, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Coffee is the heart of Steam Coffee Co., but their hot chocolate made with a mixture of organic syrup and velvety chocolate sauce is just as inviting and delightful. Zareen Syed,, 22 Dec. 2021 The first sip was floral, lightly sweet, and truly delightful. Jean Trinh, Bon Appétit, 9 Dec. 2021 So the frivolous, yet delightful, details of the holidays come in between. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 9 Dec. 2021 Billiter goes back and forth between the two aesthetic worlds, one that is historic and formal, in dark colors and gold, the other that is modern and delightful. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Delightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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